November 01, 2016

SHOCKING: FOI docs reveal NDP cancelled water bomber contracts 10 days before Fort Mac fire

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

A few months back you helped me crowd fund the cost of a freedom of information request.

We were asking the Notley government for “copies of emails, memos, reports, media lines, Q&As, text or instant messages, Blackberry messages, RFPs (requests for proposals), briefing notes, regarding the contracting, purchase, renting, or hiring of water aircraft between January 1 2016 to May 17 2016.”

We didn’t get the documents back immediately. Instead we were handed a bill for nearly $4,000. It was a government pay wall designed to stop us from looking.

But Notley’s bill didn’t stop us. We raised the money, thanks to our viewers, and we just received the documents.

After seeing them, it’s now shockingly clear why Rachel Notley didn’t want us to have these records. They are devastating.

I’ll take you through some of the emails. Watch my video to see how the ministry bungled water bomber contracts so badly that they worried companies would walk away from their contracts altogether.

We can see where contracts were never posted as open for tender, where contracts had no expectation of work, where the government thought wildfire fighting was a winter priority - not a spring/summer one - and when the government became worried that companies would go public with the whole mess.

It got so bad, so screwed up, that Agriculture and Forestry had to cancel all the contracts - just ten days before the Wood Buffalo Wildfire.

The ministry was in complete and utter chaos and it was caused by Rachel Notley's cuts.

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commented 2016-11-03 19:41:04 -0400
This is gold Sheila…one way or another the NDP will be held to account for this….they will not be the accountants forever….:-)
commented 2016-11-03 19:03:48 -0400
As much as we all appreciate The Rebel digging up this disaster, where is the opposition in all this? Isn’t this the kind of dirt we’re paying them to uncover?
commented 2016-11-03 18:33:45 -0400
Are the Lefties having a Competition— to discern whether a Liberal in Ontario can destroy, a Province , quicker than an NDP in Alberta ? I think the NDP are winning because they have the unique ability , to perform their task , in a very short period of time.
commented 2016-11-03 18:16:06 -0400
There was a court decision in Ontario a few years back where it was ruled that fees for service from Government Agencies/municipalities must be in line for the cost of the work and expense provided to to the job. Maybe its time to take the Government of Alberta to task on this!
commented 2016-11-03 13:13:06 -0400
I agree Peter, what our governments, provincial and federal try to keep from us by way of exorbitant prices for information we have a right to see under the freedom of information act is indeed extortion. It is an issue on its own which needs to be addressed. The government works for us and already gets paid handsomely. Nothing more than a SMALL administration fee should be allowed to be charged. These thousand dollar invoices are bull shite. Maybe we should start with our MP’s and get them to take it to the House.

As far as the whole forest fire debacle is concerned Notley and entourage should be held accountable. Criminal charges if possible. As long as suing only comes out of the pockets of those who are card carrying members of the NDP , I would be all for it. Paid for out of party coffers only and not the pocket of the general taxpayer( unless you were a taxpayer who contributed to the NDP coffers of course.)
I don’t know how Notley sleeps at night.
commented 2016-11-03 10:46:36 -0400
Richard Man and yet here you are ???
commented 2016-11-03 10:40:57 -0400
Why did Canada not accept assistance from other countries (e.g. Russia) that was offered at the time? Who was responsible for these decisions? Did this lead to damage that could have been avoided? I know what my answers would be, but I’d rather see a proper investigation.
Was it ever determined how the fires started? I don’t remember any reports from the time. It’s interesting (suspect?) that arguably the centre for oilsands production was not adequately guarded.
I saw your report on Alberta cancelling contracts, etc., but there must be much more to this story.
Keep up the great work.
commented 2016-11-02 21:02:21 -0400
You should be suing for extortion. FOIs are a right as freedom of the press. If we don’t get the PC and Wildrose together and this happens again blood will flow in the streets
commented 2016-11-02 18:07:27 -0400
This story would make for a good investigative documentary. Doubtful though that the CBC would show any interest…
commented 2016-11-02 17:44:14 -0400
Yeah, not like Richard Man who comes on here and bitch and whine

Pot-Kettle-Black
commented 2016-11-02 16:16:45 -0400
People do nothing but come on here and bitch and whine. Get off your asses and do something about it if you don’t like her policies and want her out of power. You’re real heroes sitting on a website typing away aren’t you.
commented 2016-11-02 01:15:09 -0400
Leviticus 2013 commented – "Please clarify for me “recall legislation”

An angry mob of damaged citizens, some rope, hot tar and chicken feathers
commented 2016-11-02 01:11:26 -0400
Great Job Sheila, as always! I hope you intend to seek out opportunities to corner Notley and Co. with stinging questions, forcing it out into the open (and garnering some additional Rebel followers in the process!).
commented 2016-11-02 01:00:09 -0400
Why Bill – I think you’re catching on!! lol
commented 2016-11-02 00:20:28 -0400
Please clarify for me
“recall legislation”
commented 2016-11-02 00:13:53 -0400
Yvette, one thing you can do is forward this clip to your friends and family so they get a clearer picture for the next election. "would be nice to have recall legislation across the country at every level of government. Surely, that is cornerstone of a democracy.
commented 2016-11-01 23:06:49 -0400
Kelvin great point.
The NDPondscum will not feel shame or remorse over this, they are self important elitists of the highest order.
commented 2016-11-01 21:55:53 -0400
Now that some of the viewers here have paid through the nose for this info, what else are you going to do with it. We, at The Rebel can’t really do anything concrete about Nutley except rant about it & that doesn’t change anything or hold Nutley to account, but what about sharing this with the AB Conservative MPs & where is Brian Jean & his party on this, what good is an opposition if they don’t do their job, is it always up to THE REBEL & its viewers to dig up & expose the dirt. This info should be headline news in the papers also. Albertans especially, need to know the dirty deeds of Nutley but, not all Albertans are Rebel members.
commented 2016-11-01 21:45:57 -0400
Goes to prove that the NDP don’t even believe their own bullshit about global warming, for if they did, they would have INCREASED the budget for firefighting. Instead they pissed the money away for their trips to global warming summits.

Now they have tabled a new bill to keep us out of the forestry at their discretion. If you accidentally strart a fire, it’s a $100,000 fine for a private citizen and a $1,000,000 for a company . Also at their discretion,they will dictate to you where and when you will be able to ride your atv.

November 5th will show if Albertans are serious about sending a clear and concise message to these no minds. They are not fit to sit in our house.
commented 2016-11-01 21:36:45 -0400
And right in the middle of this, Notley told Brian Jean to “stop the fear mongering” in the Legislature, a few days before several of his family’s homes burned to the ground.
It’s going to be a glorious day in 2019 when this government is sent to Davy Jones’ Locker once and for all.
commented 2016-11-01 21:32:07 -0400
The NDP shouldn’t even be allowed to be a political party. They’re a special interest group who have no intention of ever acting in the voters best interest. Their only priority is their deeply flawed ideology. When they absolutely have to make a governing decision, their incompetence becomes alarmingly clear.
commented 2016-11-01 20:58:14 -0400
Didn’t these notleyheads think to ask the civil servants who have been doing these contracts year after year what has been done in the past? And what their recommendations are for the coming season?
commented 2016-11-01 20:54:20 -0400
Notley lied, Ft Mac Died. Opposition should investigate a direct connection to this cluster frig during fire season and the Ft. Mac disaster and then lay charges. If those contracts were honored that fire wouldn’t have caused the damage it did – won’t be hard to prove that to a court.
commented 2016-11-01 20:47:10 -0400
Talk about needing recall legislation. This should qualify.
commented 2016-11-01 20:02:41 -0400
Unbelievable incompetence and possibly criminal negligence from our socialists. They should be tarred and feathered. No tar in the oilsands so will have to import the tar. We can get the feathers at the windfarms bird killers.
commented 2016-11-01 19:54:18 -0400
When this first came up that Notley had made budget cuts, I had suggested that charges be laid for criminal negligence. This info all the more warrants that this should happen. Iniated by the town of Fort MacMurray or a class action law suit?
Can the opposition parties not do some of this digging?
commented 2016-11-01 19:26:24 -0400
THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE
THIS IS CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE

I hope EZRA does a piece on this on his tonight show some time this week before this flames out

Total incompetence—— lawsuits from insurance companies, ? From businesses, from groups of citizens

Thank you for this work SHEILA
commented 2016-11-01 19:21:54 -0400
It would be funny if it had not destroyed a number of families in MacMurray.

Ironically, the Non-Democratic Party must be happier than haram pigs in dirt that climate change is faux science and Alberta climate became cooler and wetter over late spring, summer and fall; on the usual decade cycle after dry winters.

All that their mismanagement had to deal with was what would be expected after a dry winter, which they still mismanaged. Thank God for that.

Money well spent to get these documents. I still don’t understand why one can’t just get the info through their MLA.

GREAT JOB, Ms. Gunn-Reid.