February 21, 2017

“Panic over pictures”: Fort Mac businesses merely props at NDP roundtable

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

The wildfires in Fort McMurray devastated the city last year and forced the largest evacuation in Alberta’s history. The fire destroyed over 2,400 homes and buildings, spread over 590,000 hectares and still smoulders even after all this time.

One demographic devastated by the fires were business owners, with over 4,000 businesses shuttered by the natural disaster.

You would think the NDP would get to work helping businesses and services prepare for the return of evacuees, but I have emails between Minister Deron Bilous and Minister Danielle Larivee’s staff showing they were more concerned with their image during the crisis.

The emails detail an invitation-only roundtable that was used as a PR photo op, rather than being used to put the needs of businesses at the forefront.

The whole thing was staged for the purpose of making the government look good. Out of 4,000 businesses, only a dozen were invited. And there was panic over pictures-securing a photographer was mentioned over twenty times before the meeting took place.

Conversely, there was barely any mention of the actual plan to address business concerns, but there was discussion about scripted opening remarks that might come off as awkward.

And of course, during a telephone conference, only the “best comments” were put forth because why air anything that’s critical of the government?

Perhaps the most stunning comment came from Bilous himself though. He questioned which businesses out of 4,000, actually deserved grants if they were struggling before the fires. Does that sound like someone that’s concerned about a natural disaster and the state of emergency that followed?

We showed that the NDP made cuts to the wildfire budget, we showed that they cancelled water bomber contracts and we showed that the local oil industry was frustrated with how the government was mishandling the situation on the ground.

The NDP directed more effort into putting out political fires in order to save face than they did in actually doing anything beneficial for Fort McMurray businesses during a crisis.

Their main priority was the NDP. But what else is new when it comes to these ideologues whose ideas aren’t rooted in reality?

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commented 2017-02-22 10:34:56 -0500
Fort Mac, Rodney Dangerfield of Canadian cities.
commented 2017-02-22 10:19:44 -0500
CAMERON…. You must be thrilled with the results of Global news poll yesterday. If we voted today in Alberta the ndp would come in …….a distant 3rd. Now I know their numbers will improve once the people see the full effect of their policies. Soon we will see the fruits of their version of the “Venezuelan diet”. Once we lose our 19 lbs each, thus cutting health care costs substantially, the dippers numbers will rise . The carbon tax and killing business will allow this to happen and should insure an ndp landslide in the next provincial election.

I think you must be spending to much time in the Redstar Cameron, and you better start campaigning eary, the dips are in a heap of shit. I LOVE IT.
commented 2017-02-22 01:43:47 -0500
Mo Tonogo there have been many celeb kooks visting there, it will be just another kook visit.
commented 2017-02-22 01:42:49 -0500
Cameron wrong again , the fakes were your peers at occupy who went home to sleep, many of the tents were empty.
commented 2017-02-21 22:51:07 -0500
if this is fake news, why are you here cameron? got pics of that 42ft double slide? wildrose failure? that’s rich coming from an ndipstick candidate from Estevan who got turfed from the party…
commented 2017-02-21 21:34:30 -0500
The only fake is you Robock.
commented 2017-02-21 21:32:13 -0500
The NDP should be charged for criminal mismanagement of the wildfire that hit the city. Anyone with two eyeballs and an asshole would recognize the risk of a fire starting a dozen kilometers west of the city with tinder dry conditions is a recipe for disaster. The prevailing wind is from the west. The water bombers could have broken up and dispersed the fire and not have the effect it had. However the NDP had no water bombers available.
commented 2017-02-21 19:29:24 -0500
What a fake post rebel media does.
This is during the same time wild rose failure pitched a tent besides his 42 foot double slide camper and said he helping Fort mac people.
Rebel “fake” media
commented 2017-02-21 18:20:46 -0500
Hi Holly. Great work uncovering the truth.
commented 2017-02-21 17:23:57 -0500
Well said Charles. Damage control for the NDP is all this was about. Help business ya right.
I think they should be sued for the biggest mismanagement (water bomber contract cancellation) in Alberta history.
commented 2017-02-21 16:47:57 -0500
The election can’t come fast enough. I am sooooo sick of these losers. I really hope all the people that voted these retards in, are starting to second guess their decision. But that is probably just wishful thinking .