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December 5, 2013
Wildrose flood fundraising appeal disgusting: Minister
The Honourable Kyle Fawcett issued the following statement on yet another fundraising appeal by Wildrose that preys on the fears of flood victims: “In June, Alberta experienced the worst natural disaster in our history. This was a time for when Albertans came together to support each other and put partisanship aside. Even Wildrose leader Danielle Smith said that it wasn’t the time for politics. “But this fall, Wildrose mailed out a disgusting and offensive fundraising letter that spread misinformation and preyed on the fears of flood victims. The letter claims “High River was subjected to martial law” and that “houses were broken into” by the RCMP. It erroneously clai med that the Government of Alberta blamed flood victims for the damage to their homes. “While the Wildrose fundraising letter referenced the 2005 George Groeneveld flood report, it ignores comments made by Groeneveld to the High River Times in October that, “Nothing was going to stop the flood that hit us this time, absolutely nothing” and that implementing the recommendations of his report wouldn’t have prevented the flood that hit us this year. “It’s highly ironic that Wildrose would quote from Groeneveld’s report, too, considering that in the aftermath of the disaster, Groeneveld criticized Danielle Smith by name for her “political gamesmanship”. “This fundraising letter comes on the heels of a previous attempt by Wildrose to raise money from flood victims by claiming that High River homes were being “broken into and looted” and “vandalized” by the RCMP. This was an appeal so obscene that Calgary Herald columnist Don Braid said Wildrose was acting “like a survivalist group holed up somewhere in Texas.” “Wildrose’s latest outrageous attempt to fearmonger runs entirely counter to the comments of their own MLAs, including Ian Donovan, who said during the summer that the government “has done a good job with the situation that has unfolded” and added, “I don’t know if I would have come up with anything a whole lot better.” “This fundraising letter is further proof that Wildrose cannot change its extreme, angry and divisive approach. Wildrose leader Danielle Smith needs to apologize immediate for this outrageous fundraising letter and return all the money raised under false pretenses.” The fundraising letter can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/189282967/Wildrose-fundraising-letter
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