CALGARY, AB (July 29, 2015): Dr. David Swann says he is disappointed that the NDP government is refusing to help fund disaster recovery costs in Calgary following last September’s freak summer snowstorm.
“There was significant damage done to the city’s parks and tree canopy and the province has a responsibility to support Calgary in paying for remediation,” says Swann. “Instead, it seems the new government is indifferent to the city’s unexpected financial burden.
“The NDP has essentially told Calgary: ‘sorry, you’re on your own.’ That is just plain wrong, and it’s particularly concerning given that Alberta is widely viewed as the natural disaster capital of Canada and the federal government is also reducing its financial support for disaster recovery.”
Swann’s comments follow Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s announcement to the media that Municipal Affairs Minister Deron Bilous has refused the city’s request to fund a portion of the remediation costs through the Disaster Recovery Program.
“This is not simply about fixing trees,” says Swann. “This is about the government failing to do its part by properly supporting Calgary following a natural disaster.”