Government faces criticism, and talks tough on wildfires
The government faced some heat over forest fire preparedness at the Legislature Tuesday.
Harry Bains is the NDP’s lead forests critic. He says despite repeated warnings from experts, the government has been foot dragging on key recommendations that came out of the devastating 2003 Kelowna fires.
Minister Steve Thomson says the province continues to work on the initiative, and put more money in.
But it seems there’s one thing he thinks the government can do better.
Thomson announced Tuesday afternoon that the province is going to look into tougher penalties for behavior that could trigger fires.
The ideas on the table include impounding the cars of people who flick their butts out the window, and banishment from provincial parks for violating campfire bans