“This government’s lack of transparency with these reports is staggering and deeply disrespectful to the thousands of Albertans who lost everything in the wildfires,” said Progressive Conservative Caucus Leader Ric McIver. “The only reason we are seeing these reports today, two days after the spring session of the Legislature ended, is because the NDP was forced into releasing them after one was leaked to the media. This government has been sitting on these reports since March in a blatant attempt to avoid being transparent and accountable to Albertans.”
The leaked report, compiled by MNP, revealed critical gaps in communication between the province and emergency response officials on the ground in Fort McMurray. The report notes that the threat of catastrophic wildfires in Alberta is likely to grow and makes 10 recommendations for improvement.
“This latest attempt to avoid public scrutiny is part of a disturbing pattern we have seen from this government over the last two years,” said McIver. “Whether with inadequate consultation on transformative legislation, failure to campaign on a damaging carbon tax or actively withholding the critical information contained in these reports, the NDP has made it clear it thinks itself above public accountability. This government must immediately apologize to Albertans and put in place mechanisms to guarantee each and every recommendation in these reports is implemented in a timely manner.”