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BC United commits to standing against the BC Conservative plan to flood the Sumas Lake 

June 6, 2024

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – BC United is committed to standing with our farming community in Abbotsford by strongly opposing the BC Consesrvative plan to flood Sumas Lake. BC Conservative Party President, Aisha Estey confirmed the BC Conservative plan to re-flood the Sumas Lake in an interview with CBC’s Stephen Quinn on June 3, 2024. 

Flooding the Sumas Lake would require the displacement of countless multi-generational family farms, loss of B.C.’s prime agricultural lands, and a significant loss of dairy, poultry and egg production for British Columbia. In fact, 50 per cent of the dairy, poultry and eggs consumed in British Columbia come from this area.  

“I am committed to supporting our Sumas Prairie farming community and stand firmly opposed to the BC Conservative’s reckless plan to re-flood Sumas Lake,” said BC United MLA candidate for Abbotsford South, Markus Delves. “Flooding this fertile farmland would displace thousands of farmers who have farmed this land for generations, while wiping out the lands they use to feed British Columbians. A BC United government, led by Kevin Falcon, would protect this vital farmland and help to provide the flood infrastructure funding Abbotsford deserves, while working in partnership with our farmers and Sumas First Nations neighbours.” 

The Mayor of Abbotsford recently spoke out against the federal government’s decision to reject the city’s application for Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) for rebuilding dikes and other key infrastructure damaged in the November 2021 floods, and for providing future protections, which is the City’s preferred approach. 

“The BC Conservative plan to reflood Sumas Prairie is incredibly irresponsible and represents a direct threat to the hundreds of families whose lives and histories would be devastated by having their homes taken from them and turned into a lake,” said Dave Sidhu, BC United MLA candidate for Abbotsford West. “I am shocked to learn the BC Conservative’s approach to flood mitigation on Sumas Prairie is to simply give up, and literally let the flood gates open and destroy the lives and livelihoods of thousands of residents.” 

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Media Contact: 
Adam Wilson 
Director of Communications, BC United 
adam.wilson@votebcunited.ca  

Background: 

  • BC Conservative Party President Aisha Estey stated the UBC study to restore Sumas Lake is “long-term, this is probably the most cost-effective…getting investment [and] buildings out of that region.” 
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