A large portion of British Columbia came waiting to see what comes next, that out of another weekend of evacuations and a non stop wildfire work by a very dedicated group of responders.
The last 24 hours providing some some alarming and dramatic visuals of wind fuelled fire racing down mountainsides, closing a major provincial highway and threatening one of the provinces largest urban areas in the Okanagan.
The overnight drama gave cause to what came across as a rather pedestrian social media message ostensibly from Premier John Horgan, which also featured an assist from North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice, the Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparation who has offered up sporadic comment through the fire season on social media.
The Premier's missive one that was worded in such generic fashion, that it immediately caught the attention of the Opposition BC Liberals.
Such was the tone of that social media theme and a few others of the weekend that the Opposition party seems to have determined that it may have been more of a communication team missive than the personal concerns of Mr. Horgan, spurring on a question that has rolled through the day of exactly where is the Premier as the Okanagan area continues to burn.
With a sudden interest in the Premier's whereabouts the provincial media groups launched a parade of inquiries of the Premier's office through the day today, finally receiving a brief update this afternoon that notes the Premier is away on some vacation time with the family, destined for a return on Thursday.
|The text of a statement delivered to BC Media today that outlines|
the Premier's current status
The update on the Premier's summer plans, not exactly resonating positively with the Liberals, who have been busy this afternoon offering up their thoughts on the Premier's holiday scheduling, the current wildfire situation and how the Provincial government has approached it.
Today's messaging mis-step from the NDP government comes following what has been a string of faux pas in their communication stream of late, most recently finding the party apologizing for a tweet that lacked a fair bit of empathy for those dealing with the prospect of lost homes and property.