Explosion victims should brace for disappointment: NDP

Families in Burns Lake are gearing up for the same level of disappointment felt by those affected by the mill explosion in Prince George, according to the NDP's labour critic.

"(In Prince George), while the jury presented some good recommendations about changes around the sector, this inquest did not address the family's key questions," said Shane Simpson, during Monday afternoon's question period in Victoria.

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"It did not talk about who was responsible. It did not look at that. It did not look at the conduct of WorkSafe."

MLAs are back in the Legislative Assembly for a special summer session focused on new legislation for liquefied natural gas projects.

The NDP have been leading the call for a public inquiry into the two 2012 mill explosions that killed four people and injured dozens more.

"My question to the premier is: what does she say today to the Babine families who are expecting the same disappointment that the Lakeland families experienced because the coroner's inquest can't get there and this premier said no to legal counsel for these families?" Simpson asked.

Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond responded to Simpson, expressing concern for the families involved.

"I know that the coroner is very aware of the concerns that have been expressed by families," Bond said.

"We asked one of the top lawyers in Canada whether or not having a public inquiry would make a difference in terms of the outcomes, and the answer provided to us and (to) share with this house was that it would not."

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