May 26, 2016

Fort Mac contractors SHUT OUT of rebuild effort -- Don’t Notley NDP care about their “social licence”?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

The Fort McMurray Construction Association is not on the official government list to help rebuild Fort McMurray. Isn’t that outrageous?

Let me explain. There is a list of contractors who register with a government agency, previously known as Sustainable Resource Development. It was started to prequalify contractors eligible to bid on departmental work. That agency is overseen by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Minister Oneil Carlier and it is overseeing the cleanup contracts in Fort McMurray.

The Fort McMurray Construction Association members hadn’t registered previously with the agency, so they cannot now be included in contractors that may bid on the work to clean up and rebuild their own town.

I caught up to Charles Iggulden, the President of the Fort Mac Construction Association at his sattelite office in Bruderheim, Alberta. He explained why his members should be involved in the rebuild.

Charles used a word the left and the NDP like to bat around - “social licence” - and he feels his members have a social licence to rebuild their community.

Charles told me that the other contractor groups in Edmonton and Calgary have no problem with his people being added to the contractors list. The hold up is the government and they don’t seem to be great at returning emails. It’s been nearly two weeks since Charles first contacted the government looking for a resolution and he’s gotten no where. He just wants to help his members get back to work.

Contractors in Fort Mac are evacuees like everyone else in Fort Mac. Some have lost homes. And all of them are losing income.

The government needs to get out of the way and let them get back to rebuilding their town and their lives.

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commented 2016-05-27 20:22:08 -0400
Bonnie Frostad, you can’t be that simple.
commented 2016-05-27 15:57:26 -0400
History provides the solution, when non union contractors cross a picket line, for some strange and unknown reason their equipment suffers many strange un unexplainable breakdowns. Some times even bursting into flames for no obvious reasons. And no one ever seems to held to account. Turnabout is fair play.
commented 2016-05-27 15:56:23 -0400
If you’re expecting the NDP to show some business savvy , your expectations are too high. A look at the profiles of the NDP caucus shows its business roots are short and shallow. Two of them worked as self employed consultants and one other owned a yoga studio. That’s it for business. A look at other NDP governments in other provinces shows disaster after financial disaster when they engaged in business.
The idea that the Notley wrecking crew would show some insight and pass a rule that residents get priority when people are going to be hired to do cleanup and restoration is expecting them to show common sense and business acumen and they have neither.
commented 2016-05-27 13:24:25 -0400
Solution seems obvious; just bribe (unionize) the unions bosses and I’m sure the doors will open.
commented 2016-05-27 10:55:14 -0400
M Kennedy asked, " Are you suggesting the government should dictate who can and can’t be hired by private citizens? "

M Kennedy, when a state of emergency is declared in a zone, the laws change. The zone becomes controlled by the government, so yes, they do actually dictate who can enter the zone to do work.
commented 2016-05-27 10:51:19 -0400
Bonnie Frostad, I am not sure I can be so magnanimous as you are being.

Declaring Ft. Mac a state of emergency is only obvious and a necessity, something that she must do, not any sort of wonderful thing done by the government.

And considering all the other things she has done to destroy Alberta, there is no love for this NDP government coming from my way.
commented 2016-05-27 09:58:10 -0400
kennedy spoken like a true nutley supporter,there’s not many so you are on the endangered species list,she is one of the reasons the fires were so severe, but don’t let the facts get in the way of your rhetoric.
commented 2016-05-26 22:40:47 -0400
Private company…free enterprise. They want to go to Ft. Mac to work, who’s to stop them? What kind of conservative is complaining about free enterprise?! Are you suggesting the government should dictate who can and can’t be hired by private citizens?
A red herring for those who can’t accept NDP is doing a helluva job in this crisis…especially when compared to the mess that still exists in High River THREE years later.
Government has no knowledge of this company, has pledged to hire Albertans when they contract work out.
Relax…go read something other than Ezra’s right-wing pandering.
commented 2016-05-26 21:18:30 -0400
Fort McM was declared a State of disaster so therefore the Govt takes over all the of evacuation, rebuilding , relocation and re-entry. Lets appreciate our generous Government for what she is doing for northern residence of Alberta. And no I did not vote NDP :)
commented 2016-05-26 19:34:43 -0400
investigate – one will find that all contractors will be NDP friends and NDP supporters. go ahead Rebel I challenge you to look at the NDP suppoter lists names and who owns the companies awarded contracts.
commented 2016-05-26 19:30:57 -0400
Alberta says Fort McMurray firms to get preference on rebuilding contracts
Global News May 26, 2016

Sheila I hope your article helped change the situation…
commented 2016-05-26 18:35:39 -0400
Rebuilding of what? Infrastructure and government buildings are open to tender by registered contractors, but private business and housing are not required to be on the Provincial list of approved contractors.
commented 2016-05-26 17:21:12 -0400
Lloyd N…..Exactly! And the city of Ft. Mac need only issue permits to work for local contractors only. That simple.
commented 2016-05-26 17:10:50 -0400
Notley needs to comply with a court order to have her DNA checked. I am sure she is a daughter of Castro or Chavez She is a true Marxist. Enough of this phoney progressive moniker. Communist all the way. She and her government , all communists.
Unfortunately the opposition is feckless. The wait for the next election crowd." Just you wait till the election why we’ll show her a thing or two"!! As if they deserve to be elected for doing nothing but attend the legislature and draw a salary for the next few years.
There doesn’t seem to be anything in our constitution to prevent a government once elected from enacting anything irrespective of the will of the people.In fact totally against the common will of the citizens. True communist dictatorships.
commented 2016-05-26 17:05:40 -0400
Where are the insurance companies in all this? People should show up in anyway. I think this is a way of keeping the Rebel out. Remember all the volunteers? This is a kickback to the unions. I will never hire a union worker, when I can hire someone from the private sector.
commented 2016-05-26 17:02:26 -0400
Show up with a kebec or wynntario license plate to do work and you are likely to get a rock through your front window.
commented 2016-05-26 16:51:10 -0400
The NDP’s a priori commitment to Leftist unions( larger voting bloc), ignoring private enterprises whom they hate.
commented 2016-05-26 16:34:07 -0400
I guess we will have to see if the NDP will include the Fort McMurray Construction Association in the bidding process now that the problem has been exposed. My guess is that the NDP will do as they usually do and completely ignore the public pressure.
commented 2016-05-26 15:29:33 -0400
Ridiculous. If I was McMurray resident, I would definitely be looking to a local contractor first and foremost to hire because I would know and trust them. Same as I do where I live and need work done that is beyond my capacity or capability.

Like Lloyd Nolan below, I question a government list of approved contractors to choose from to work on one’s own property. It is the property owner’s decision, not the Non-Democratic Party’s decision…except they have imposed it. I wonder who their main beneficiaries will be: Public union employees, bureaucrats, contractors that paid the ‘fee’?
commented 2016-05-26 15:11:45 -0400
A little far fetched but dose Notley really want Fort Mac rebuilt?

This short video is just theory but as we are dealing with Marxist perhaps we should take everything in to consideration
commented 2016-05-26 15:10:32 -0400
Since when do you have to be on some government approved list to bid , and in your home town
commented 2016-05-26 15:06:59 -0400
The Conservatives and the wildrose better unite

Keep on them SHEILA
commented 2016-05-26 14:36:40 -0400
Sheila: Is there not some way The Rebel can start an on-line petition to embarrass this NDP government into including Fort McMurray Association on their so-called “official list”? This whole charade is outrageous.
commented 2016-05-26 14:08:43 -0400
Removed for violating rule:Avoid excessive profanity.
commented 2016-05-26 14:05:01 -0400
It’s hard to believe that even the current terminally stupid fascist government of Alberta would not take immediate steps to resolve this matter and facilitate Fort MacMurray’s contractors rebuilding the town they call home.

But then, you have to remember that this is Rachel Notley and her NDP government, a government so stupid that it actually slashed Alberta’s firefighting budget by 80% just in time for Fort Mac to be burned to the ground.
commented 2016-05-26 13:56:34 -0400
Next we’ll hear only Ontario and Quebec contractors will get the job. Guess setting up a communist regime can get a little complicated what with all the red tape and bureaucracy.
commented 2016-05-26 13:49:55 -0400
It’s a silly question to ask aware voters about a socialist regime’s priority – first themselves and second their union clients exclusively – regular politically unconnected folks are just their tax mules.

The question about who would be allowed to rebuild the Mac was decided before the ashes were cold – and it won’t be private local citizens
commented 2016-05-26 13:47:46 -0400
Keep the pressure on the gov’t, Sheila, and they’ll suddenly start returning calls… Bureaucracy usually needs a “kickstart.” Good work, as always!