Kudos to Matsqui dairy farmer, Steve Van Der Loos, for keeping alive the looming dyke and river bank issues of not only Matsqui, but many areas of the upper Fraser Valley.
We all know exactly what has to be done, but yet, as frustratingly asserted by Mr. Van Der Loos, no one authority wants to take responsibility, so nothing gets done.
Surely, we are not going to wait for the impending catastrophe, that would cost us an economy-changing amount of capital, at the time, and far into the future.
If one was to wrap their brain around the situation, solving the problem wouldn’t take anymore engineering, the equipment needed is well available, and so is all the material. So why then, is any level of government afraid to take on the challenge?
Surely, an intelligent government could accumulate existing resources and re-prioritize its already contracted services to pay for the lion’s share of probably the most necessary economic and disaster protection project in the Fraser Valley.
It would be actually easier for the governments of the day to deal with this crucially important issue, than the way they are handling it now.
What a terrific political opportunity for our politicians to show who’s watching the hen house.