May 04, 2017

Notley's response to Fort Mac wildfire warrants inquiry

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

One year ago this week, the Wood Buffalo wildfire swept into Fort McMurray. 100 thousand people were evacuated. Over 2000 structures were lost to the fire including the home of my friend, pro-oil sands activist, Robbie Picard

I caught up with Robbie via skype this week and asked him what was the hardest part of the anniversary of the fire, and he revealed something shocking to me. He told me he watched the fire burn near his home for 2 days before he was given 20 minutes to evacuate.

Where were the water bombers to take care of the fire when it was something smaller than the beast that it turned into?

They weren’t working. Flight logs obtained by the Wildrose party show there were only 2 water bombers in the air fighting the Wood Buffalo fire on the day before the fire breached the city of Fort McMurray -cut in half from the 4 that were in the air the day before.

May 3, 2016, the day Wildrose Leader Brian Jean’s Fort Mac house burned down, he was in the legislature asking the government for more resources to fight the fire. Rachel Notley called him a fear monger and told him all the resources the city needed were already in place. .

We now know that meant only 2 air tankers on the day the fire doubled in size.

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commented 2017-05-06 05:41:07 -0400
Hi Rebel,
Re the Fort Mc Murray Fire! That was NO ACCIDENT! IT WAS DELIBERATE! Who Started It? We Will Never Know, Who do I Blame? Simple! Try Indians, Greenies/Invironmentalists, Malcontempts – Those Who Have IT in for the Oilsands, Oil and Gas Industries and Don’t Give a Tinkers Dam Either. Who Else do I Blame? TRY the N D P Gvmnt Who Were Indifferent to the Oilsansds and Didn’t Take the Fire Seriously Till It was TO LATE, Pretty Serious Remarks But I Stand By My Remarks/Feelings and I WON’T BACK DOWN to APPEASE ANYONE EITHER.
Thanks for Letting Me Express Myself Freely. Main Street Media Won’t Let Me Say So

Andrew,
Calgary.
commented 2017-05-05 13:45:11 -0400
A fire caused by Socialism at it’s best.
commented 2017-05-05 12:35:06 -0400
The Slave Like fire was probably Eco-Aboriginal terrorism; but oh how the trail grows cold! Asking the RCMP to investigate Eco-Aboriginal malfeasance is like asking the Cosa Nostra to investigate prostitution.
Regarding the lack of a fire-guard clearing: the victims are the uninsured who lost property and the insurance companies who paid out on covered claims. The real dirt layeth in whatever deal the NDP government made to ensure the silence of the insurers.
Ultimately the scandal devolves to why the Wildrose/Conservatives aren’t establishing an inquiry; but I bet there ain’t anybody on this comment board who wants to go there.
commented 2017-05-05 11:58:20 -0400
Nothing other than the complete annihilation of the NDP in the next election will be satisfactory. The same goes for Wynne and her statist Liberal Party in Ontario.
commented 2017-05-05 11:26:06 -0400
Peter, inept is one thing but criminally negligent is quite another. I think you used the wrong term here.
commented 2017-05-05 10:29:30 -0400
Good comment, Derrick.

The problem is also in finding someone who will be completely unbiased in his investigation.

The whole issue may very well be moot now as a full year has passed. And even though an investigation into the governments’ mismanagement of the whole incident might be still valid, investigation into the cause would probably not produce many results.

We all know the Notley government is inept and ideologically drive to destroy Alberta so an investigation into them would only verify what we already know to be true. It is the cause of the fire that really needs investigation. I believe it to be eco-terrorism, but of course have no proof whatsoever.
commented 2017-05-05 09:29:44 -0400
Lots to cause suspicion in the handling of Fort Mac fire. Just like mainstream news was silent during last provincial election campaign on Notley and some of her mla’s previous anti-oil activism, they’re again silent on the Notley government’s mismanagement of fire. If a private business owner was negligent and caused the destruction of part of a city they’d drown in liability but municipal and provincial governments don’t get held to task. Any wonder so many foreign oilsands investors are pulling out? Who would want to have billions of infrastructure in a forest community when the government didn’t have adequate resources and fire strategy in place? An inquiry ought to launched but finding someone with such authourity who’s willing to do that is tough, as it requires the wherewithal to challenge a governing party. Also interesting to note local fire chief Darby Allen took an early retirement soon after fire was over, allegedly to move to a more temperate climate due to his wife’s osteoporosis.
commented 2017-05-05 09:19:58 -0400
The fact that she cancelled contracts and didn’t lift a finger to stop the spread of the fires says it all. And no fire ring was absolute madness, and everyone who lost their homes and businesses due to negligence, should sue for damages. I don’t know why the insurance companies haven’t taken action on behalf of their policy holders!

I’m from northern Manitoba, and fire season is taken seriously there. I’ve seen the devastation fires can bring, and endangering the residents, should bring charges against governments, who don’t do all they can to prevent them from causing devastation and loss of life.
commented 2017-05-05 09:05:31 -0400
Daryl, were on the same page,and yes the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Ft. Mac) is as much to blame as the AB Government. Check their archives from before the fire. Not only were they not cutting a fire-guard, they were planting as many trees as possible in and around Ft. Mac – and bragging about it! Maybe the insurance implications are silencing people. Maybe Big Green is censoring. At this point SGR is complicit. Water-bombers are small spuds compared to the lack of a fire-guard.
commented 2017-05-05 01:55:47 -0400
This WAS a planned disaster!!
Nutley should be facing a firing squad for her detrimental achievements in Alberta! … and so should all her fanatical supporters!
Alberta has survived many disasters until the NDPiggers stole the election by employing all their radical lunatic supporters! Including those in the electoral process! Just a bunch of leaches of the Alberta Advantage

William, being a firefighter – I was there after the Slave Lake fire evaluation – but it was these “greenie” idiots who opposed the clearing of FIREGUARDS who caused this disaster. Ft Mac government has nothing but itself to blame along with the NDPigger stupidity – for the destruction.
This arrogant ignorance is the way of LIBTARDS everywhere. Libtards are our enemy!
commented 2017-05-05 00:33:32 -0400
I’m astonished SGR hasn’t picked up on the REAL Fort Mac scandal. There were guidelines requiring mile-wide swathes of forest be cleared around northern cities. Such were the lessons of Slave Lake. Tree-huggers within the AB Government squelched plans for fire-breaks. During the fire questions about the absence of a fire-break were attacked in the media with ludicrous misinformation. This is the story SGR!
commented 2017-05-04 22:41:29 -0400
Don’t forget, after the initial turmoil everything turned to photo ops and self promotion by you guessed it, Notley and Trudeau. Similar to UN liberal lawyer Alison Redford parading her fat ass through High River puddles in her rubber boots. Hard to asses which c**t stinks worse, Notley, Redford, Trudeau or…….Wynne.

All went well with the Ft. Mac incident, giggles and drinks flowed freely at the Red Star Inn and the dippers celebrated in glee. We are truly fortunate to have such caring governments, nice fuzzy feeling folks, isn’t it?
commented 2017-05-04 22:41:29 -0400
Don’t forget, after the initial turmoil everything turned to photo ops and self promotion by you guessed it, Notley and Trudeau. Similar to UN liberal lawyer Alison Redford parading her fat ass through High River puddles in her rubber boots. Hard to asses which c**t stinks worse, Notley, Redford, Trudeau or…….Wynne.

All went well with the Ft. Mac incident, giggles and drinks flowed freely at the Red Star Inn and the dippers celebrated in glee. We are truly fortunate to have such caring governments, nice fuzzy feeling folks, isn’t it?
commented 2017-05-04 22:41:28 -0400
Don’t forget, after the initial turmoil everything turned to photo ops and self promotion by you guessed it, Notley and Trudeau. Similar to UN liberal lawyer Alison Redford parading her fat ass through High River puddles in her rubber boots. Hard to asses which c**t stinks worse, Notley, Redford, Trudeau or…….Wynne.

All went well with the Ft. Mac incident, giggles and drinks flowed freely at the Red Star Inn and the dippers celebrated in glee. We are truly fortunate to have such caring governments, nice fuzzy feeling folks, isn’t it?
commented 2017-05-04 22:40:29 -0400
It is probably impossible now to discover the truth, but an investigation into how the fires had started should have been done.
commented 2017-05-04 21:27:52 -0400
I never could understand why there wasn’t a class actin lawsuit lodged against Notley. ‘Lock her up.’
commented 2017-05-04 21:10:42 -0400
Notley should be in prison
commented 2017-05-04 21:06:28 -0400
Let’s face the simple truth: Ft. Mac was a massive frig-up perpetuated by a rookie government who were/are so unprepared and inept to run the province that saving a few bucks on water bomber contracts made sense to them, – because they have never been beyond a university study hall or WCB office cubicle to know the volatility of the high north in fire season – never forget, and move forward to ensure such criminal ineptitude never is allowed to run the province again.
commented 2017-05-04 20:46:07 -0400
It is starting to become apparent that the “idiots” (I guess that’s Alberta’s equivalent to American “deplorables”) who humorously chanted “Lock her up!” at the steps of the Legislature in December of last year…

Were 100% correct.
commented 2017-05-04 20:14:33 -0400
We the people, should hire our own investigators because Rachel is lying through her union teeth!
commented 2017-05-04 20:11:52 -0400
Independent Inquiry is needed. Albertans, and the rest of Canada deserve the truth!
commented 2017-05-04 20:07:35 -0400
And Brian Topp shook the dust off his feet and left Alberta not that long after. Picard watched the fire two days before evacuation, but the initial smoke plume was spotted even before that. The longer it takes for the Non-Democrats to come clean, the more it looks like a planned disaster.