On May 3, 2016 the great city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, burned as wildfires swept in from the surrounding forests. Over 60,000 residents are now homeless.
Our hearts go out to everyone from Fort Mac. They have already suffered so much economically — and now this complete devastation.
But to understand how bad it is, you need to know the context.
Last month the NDP brought in the provincial budget. The biggest spending, biggest-taxing budget in history. Biggest deficit in history. More than 2,000 new bureaucrats being hired by Rachel Notley. But there was one thing that was cut. Fire fighting.
Last year the province spent near $500 million on fighting fires. Same thing the year before. But in this budget, Notley slashed that budget down to $86 million.
Notley cut the provincial fire-fighting budget by 80%. It was really the only thing she cut.
Just hours before the fires, during Question Period in the Alberta Legislature, the Leader of the opposition, Brian Jean, who lives in Fort McMurray, was pleading with Notley for help. As flames engulfed the city, but still hours before the evacuation order, he was asking Notley why she cut firefighters. Notley answered by mocking Brian Jean for — get this — for fear mongering.
Fear mongering. Within hours of Notley’s excuses, Brian Jean’s own home was reportedly burnt down and the city evacuated.
Rachel Notley had money for everything else, for everyone else — but not for firefighters.
So we’re going to help. We’re going to help them rebuild by doing three things:
#1. Leave messages of encouragement and love in the comments section of this page to all the residents of Fort McMurray who had their homes burn down.
#2, Raise $100,000 for Fort McMurray's local Red Cross relief operations.
#3. Rebuild. We are going to rent a bus from Edmonton, and drive up to Fort McMurray to help rebuild the city. You can sign up to be a volunteer by clicking here.
Fort McMurray, you were always there for us. We are here for you.
Go to www.RebuildFortMac.ca to donate right now!