LETTER: Mount Polley mining disaster a predictable result

B.C. Liberal Party should walk the plank for failing to stop preventable catastrophe at Likely

The B.C. Lollipop Party, which promises riches but is mismanaging the provincial government in so many ways, has hit a new low.

The totally preventable catastrophe at Mount Polley mine that has devastated the Cariboo region and the entire Fraser River watershed is a result of negligence on the part of the Minister of Energy and Mines.

Bill Bennett is much more interested in cutting regulations, reducing inspectors, developing new projects and lobbying the federal government for approvals of dubious projects than protecting the lives, livelihoods and environment of the citizens of British Columbia.

The loss of fishing and tourism could cost many jobs and up to 1,000 mining jobs, a result of a lack of attention to many warnings over many years.

I suggest that the Premier order the Minister of Energy and Mines and the invisible Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations to walk the plank to take responsibility for neglecting to execute their authorities. Then, she should consider following them into the “almost drinkable” drink herself.

Catherine Culley

Saanich