May 06, 2016

His home destroyed, oil sands advocate Robbie Picard asks why Notley didn’t act sooner to save Fort McMurray

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Fort McMurray’s unofficial, non-partisan ambassador and “I Love Oil Sands” campaigner, Robbie Picard, was my tour guide when I visited “Fort Mac” last year. This week, forest fires forced him to evacuate, along with tens of thousands in his community.

Tragically, Robbie lost his home in the blaze. That didn't prevent him from graciously coming on my show to give us a first hand account of what happened.

He says the fire started on Saturday, so he wants to know why Rachel Notley's NDP government didn't act to save his town while there might still have been time.

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commented 2016-05-09 02:57:15 -0400
OK baseball playing Albertans…. Have you marked your catcher’s mitt THE NOTLEY, and if not by now, why not??
commented 2016-05-06 18:20:40 -0400
No public sector union jobs to protect in the Mac so it made no difference to the Dips.
commented 2016-05-06 17:20:22 -0400
Kenneth Lawrence,

commented 2016-05-06 16:05:03 -0400
Ballad for Notley, ‘Come on Baby, Light My Fire’.
commented 2016-05-06 16:05:02 -0400
Ballad for Notley, ‘Come on Baby, Light My Fire’.
commented 2016-05-06 15:43:04 -0400
Given the enormous extent of damage to the lives and property of Fort Mac residents, there must be a public inquiry into this preventable catastrophe. If heads need to roll to prevent a repeat of this disaster in the same location or in another location, so be it. In the meantime, Rachel Notley should RESIGN immediately. It is her job as Premier to prevent events such as this, and Albertans need a competent Premier who takes the threat of wildfire seriously and properly funds the resources to fight them so they don’t get out of control in populated areas and wreak such horrendous damage to peoples’ lives. In slashing Alberta’s firefighting budget by a whopping 80%, Rachel Notley demonstrated a level of ignorance and incompetence that is simply not acceptable in a Premier of any province in Canada. Her NDP government must also resign and new elections must be held to install a competent provincial government in Edmonton. To do any less is to risk another catastrophe on the same scale as this one.
commented 2016-05-06 15:34:12 -0400
Notley’s delays reveals that she never cared about Ft. McMurray and maybe even hoped for a disaster to take out the community.

Alberta has a sociopath for a premier. Given the recent events, maybe even a dangerous one at that. In the weeks to come, we will see what awaits for the Oilsands and the people who earn their living from it.

I suspect that what’s coming is a move to declare the area an environment hazard, forcing the permanent shutdown of whole projects. The result will be far-reaching as a result. Over the medium term, oil prices will shoot up, but Alberta’s (Canada’s) piece of that action will be greatly diminished.

Calling the wildfires a, likely, false flag operation is entirely appropriate. What better way to shutter the project than to burn it out? No one to blame and the evidence of deliberate action has been destroyed. You have all been played.
commented 2016-05-06 15:05:35 -0400
This was pure negligence on Rachel and her NDP kangaroo clubs behalf!
commented 2016-05-06 14:34:14 -0400
My heartfelt sympathy to Robbie Picard for the loss of his home. I hope he will be able to put his life back together after this needless tragedy. He is indeed entitled to some answers as to why this fire in particular, being in close proximity to Fort McMurray, was allowed to grow to the point at which it would wipe out a large part of the city and ravage the lives of many people who lived there. If it is determined that Notley’s recent firefighting budget cuts were in any way responsible for the fire not being nipped in the bud early on, allowing it to become a threat to Fort Mac, then she must RESIGN. In fact, she should RESIGN in any case, simply for having slashed Alberta’s firefighting budget by 80% after the example set at Slave Lake as to what can happen when such fires are not stopped quickly.