Today, Wildrose Shadow Service Alberta Minister Wayne Anderson released the following statement concerning the Auditor General’s review of Alberta’s Disaster Recovery Program (DRP):
“As a resident of Highwood and as someone who knows many individuals who were personally affected by the 2013 flood, I know how important it is for us to correct some of the serious problems with the DRP.
“The Auditor General’s report highlights some of the key concerns that Wildrose has raised in the past, including the ill-advised broad scope of the government’s DRP transition plan in 2014, and the inconsistent application of DRP policies for those victims of the 2013 flood that to this day are still trying to navigate the system.
“Many who have dealt with the DRP directly would tell you that the program quickly fell apart with ill-defined processes, inadequate staffing, inconsistent information, complicated applications, lost applications, and a bureaucratic merry-go round that resulted in the re-victimization of those who suffered the most.
“Wildrose believes that there are lessons to be learned from the complete mishandling of the DRP during the 2013 flood. We can and must ensure that the March 2015 transition work plan outlined in the Auditor General’s report is fully implemented so that when another natural disaster hits our province, we will be prepared.
“I will continue to advocate for those who have previously been impacted by flood damage, and hold the government to account to ensure that the DRP is improved to a point where Albertans can have confidence in the program working properly when there is another storm, wildfire, tornado or flood.”