“Today’s report of the Auditor General reveals stunning ineptitude and questionable decisions on the part of the former PC administration,” says Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann. “In hindsight, all it took was one major disaster to expose significant holes in Alberta’s Disaster Recovery Program.”
“The report also highlights the critical importance of Alberta having a robust and responsive Disaster Recovery Program,” Swann continued. “The Insurance Bureau of Canada has labelled Alberta the Natural Disaster Capital of Canada, and for good reason – the province has the highest number of catastrophic insured losses compared to other jurisdictions.”
Swann is hopeful that the Auditor General’s recommendations will lead to a better coordinated in-house system that puts disaster victims first. “A good start,” he says, “would be to consider the many excellent recommendations proposed by local groups such as the High River DRP Advocacy Committee.”
Swann also believes that the province needs to start budgeting much more realistically for disaster recovery, and should look to facilitate overland flood insurance usage in Alberta.