In Fort McMurray, it seems like history is repeating itself. In 2011, another city in northern Alberta, called Slave Lake, also had a massive fire tear through town, also in May, the dry season. A massive evacuation. Damage totaled $800 million.
So 18 months later, the province produced a report. Their very first recommendation to prevent another fire like that was that municipalities cut down trees near buildings, roads and hospitals.
And the report was ignored, by the PCs, then the NDP. So they’re partly to blame.
But so are environmental extremists.
You see, they think cutting down a single tree is a shameful act.
In Fort McMurray, they didn’t cut down trees next to highways and buildings. Under pressure from eco-extremists, they planted more of them, in the name of “eco-tourism.”
The town also adopted a “green plan,” ensuring “that natural features of development sites (trees, vegetation, wetlands, etc.) are not removed or filled.”
Then of course, when the fire did come, the NDP government had cut the firefighting budget by 80 per cent, and Notley literally laughed at any “fear mongers” who dared question that.
What happened in Fort McMurray was a natural disaster. Lots of politicians bear the blame.
But it also happened, in part, because environmental extremism came ahead of evidence-based forest fire policy — and people’s property and lives...
NEXT: Candice Malcolm is in the studio. Sun Media columnist is now the author of a brand new Amazon #1 bestseller, called "Losing True North."
The book exposes what she calls the “radical changes” Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are making to Canada’s immigration and citizenship laws. Malcolm says Trudeau is lowering the standards and requirements for newcomers, for blatant political gain. The implications for Canada — in terms of everything from national security to our health care and pension programs -- are truly scary.
THEN Tony Clement, a former cabinet minister in Stephen Harper’s government, comes on to answer the burning question:
Is he planning to run for the leadership of the Conservative Party? And what are the most important issues facing Canada today?
And how can any candidate compete in the face of the Media Party's Justin Trudeau love fest?
FINALLY: I read your emails, tweets and other messages to me, mostly about our RebuildFortMac.ca campaign.
(One fellow said our studio should be fire bombed for raising money for Fort McMurray! I explain why so many leftists are hostile towards our fundraising for the Red Cross.)