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.