Here’s a quick update on a story we did a while ago about Tom Moffatt, the former NDP candidate who called the Fort McMurray fire, “karmic” when he tweeted “Karmic climate change burns Canadian oil sands city”
What a gross human being. While 100,000 Albertans fled their homes with the clothes on their backs and thousands of other Albertans rallied around these people providing donations and shelter, Tom Moffatt danced in the ashes of their burned out homes. He thinks they deserved it because of the oilsands.
Moffatt is an employee of the town of Taber Alberta. As news broke about how gross he is, the town reacted, suspending him on May 6. But at the Rebel, we wanted the whole story so we filed our customary freedom of information requests and you can see it by clicking HERE.
What we found out was that Moffatt received what looks like a four week paid vacation for his sick comments about Fort Mac. Well, not really a paid vacation, but he was suspended with pay from May 6 to June 7. It’s unfortunate that Moffatt couldn’t be fired or at least suspended without pay, but based on legal advice, the town felt it could not. Too bad. Moffatt deserved it.
But it’s not all bad news about a troll getting off scot free. In the documents we received, I could see many of the emails and messages concerned Canadians sent to the town denouncing Moffatt. Even more heartening, Taber Mayor Henk De Vlieger actually wanted to see all of the correspondence people were sending the town.
I didn’t learn anything unexpected but it was good to see in black and white. Canadians wholeheartedly objected to Moffatt’s ghoulish comments and his small town boss wanted to fire him.
More than anything, it was good to see a government trying to do the right thing, for once.