Thursday, May 05, 2016
The Fort Mac Fire: Time to Give Cheap Politics a Rest
It's like a scene out of hell, a raging inferno if ever there was one.
And I feel so sorry for the residents of Fort Mac who have lost their homes or their businesses.
But what I find really moving is the way many Canadians all over the country have been doing what they can to help those poor people through this terrible time.
So we really don't need this ugly reaction.
The raging forest fire that's forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray, Alta., has brought out the worst on social media, with sanctimonious eco-trolls posting incendiary, insensitive and unhelpful barbs describing the conflagration as climate change "karma" for a city that is synonymous with oilsands development.
Or need to see the decent Rachel Notley attacked for no good reason.
Or see the equally decent Elizabeth May attacked for daring to suggest a climate change connection.
The leader of Canada's Green Party said Wednesday climate change was partly to blame for the wildfire devastating Fort McMurray, Alta., touching off a debate about whether it was the right time to discuss the causes of the conflagration.
Even though she later clarified her statement.
Later, in a statement sent to reporters, May said she wasn't directly tying the Fort McMurray wildfire to climate change. "No credible climate scientist would make this claim, and neither do I make this claim," she said, while urging Canadians to take collective action to mitigate the impact of "extreme climate events."
And nobody can argue with that.
I mean can you imagine how those vicious Cons might react when these Bombardier made planes arrive from Quebec?
We need to turn this Canadian tragedy into something hateful, like we need a hole in the head.
And I think Justin Trudeau was right to say this:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declined to make a direct link between the fire — which has forced some 80,000 people out of their homes — and climate change, at least while the embers are still burning.
"It's well-known that one of the consequences of climate change will be a greater prevalence of extreme weather events around the planet, however any time we try to make a political argument out of one particular disaster I think there is a bit of a short cut that can sometimes not have the desired outcome.
And so was Tom Mulcair.
"It's not the time to start laying blame," he told reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons. "Our only thoughts today are for the people in those communities and I want to make sure that the federal government does everything it can to help the Notley government."
It's not the time to blame the residents of Fort Mac for their own misfortune, while their homes are still burning...
Trudeau wasn't denying what Elizabeth May said, he was only suggesting that her timing could have been better.
So why use that to attack him like this old Trudeau hater does.
Even though Trudeau was only trying to be tactful, and not hurt the feelings of those who are suffering enough. As a Prime Minister should in a time of tragedy.
But then the other day he was comparing Trudeau to a "bitch". The kind who are raped in jails. And suggesting that he deserved the same fate. So why should we be surprised?
But honestly, why would we turn this tragedy into a partisan exercise?Partisans on all sides should cool their jets.
Now is the time to come to the rescue of our fellow Canadians in Alberta.
Pray for them and their families...
Save what we have to say about climate change until the embers have gone out.
Cheer on the firefighters and the emergency workers.
And give cheap politics a rest....
Here's a list of places where you can contribute to help the people of Fort Mac.
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