Flagging comment from Daniel Hunt
Notley takes about $400million out of Fire Management budget leaving about $88million. Her own people tell her this is not good. It is public knowledge this could be a very dry year. On Tuesday? morning in Question Period … as per a more extended video I watched…Brain Jean quizzes her on this, asking about the budget cut, less and smaller active fire fighting resources, and cancelled contracts. Even though Brian Jean is quite accurate, she insinuates he is a liar, and calls him a fear monger. She goes on to state that the needed resources will be brought in as they are needed. She also told him, among other things, he should learn to understand a budget. That same afternoon, Brian Jeans home, along with many hundreds of others burned to their foundations—- So, my questions are these. First, since the $400million fire resource cut was the only major cut in the budget, while pretty much every thing else was bloated, was this just an attempt to make an already ridiculous deficit budget look just a bit less ugly then it was? After all she knew she could just use “emergency funding” for fire management if the need arose. Which brings me to question two. Is it possible that the less funding, weaker and cancelled fire fighting and suppression contracts, would have affected initial responses to this fires very aggressive build. It is all well and good to try and acquire the resources as need becomes apparent, but what real effect would those resources that at the ready, or not, have had on beginning outcomes of this massive tragic Fort McMurray wildfire?