B.C. Liberals slam NDP for ‘trying to silence’ MLA regarding Lytton’s recovery

NOT only are the NDP keeping displaced Lytton residents in the dark about wildfire recovery and when they can return home, but they are now trying to silence the BC Liberal MLA for Fraser-Nicola, asking her to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to find out what the government is doing to rebuild the village, the B.C. Liberals alleged on Wednesday.

“The residents of Lytton have been through hell and lost everything. The only thing of value right now is information,” said Todd Stone, MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson. “MLA [Jackie] Tegart has been working tirelessly to get answers for them, but the NDP want her to sign a non-disclosure agreement to prevent her from sharing details with her constituents. This is an incredibly disturbing request, one that I have never encountered in the near-decade I have served as an MLA.”

The NDA covers “verbal and written information regarding, including but not limited to, a pending submission to Treasury Board, a proposed legislative amendment, and other information.”

“This government has tried to hide information on everything from its $10 Freedom of Information request fee, to seniors’ care during the pandemic, and more — so much so, that it was recently awarded the Code of Silence award for Outstanding Achievement in Government Secrecy,” said Stone. “It’s time for the Premier to reverse this troubling trend of secrecy, stop the obstruction and share the information that the people of Lytton are so desperately seeking.”