Flooding In Fort Mac – Jason Kenney Hits the Road

Heavy rain causing localized flooding in Fort McMurray
‘I really wish Mother Nature would have sent the rain before the fires’

Heavy rains in Fort McMurray, Alta., have caused flooded streets and knocked out traffic lights, forcing the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to activate its emergency operations centre for the first time since parts of the city were devastated by a wildfire in May.

The municipality is advising people to restrict travel in the town, as the localized flooding causes the closure of major roads such as Gregoire Drive and Mackenzie Boulevard.


Jason Kenney finds receptive audience on Canada Truck Tour

Matt Rhoades, the campaign manager for former U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney once quipped that “if you want to be president of the United States you’re going to have to visit a lot of coffee shops in New Hampshire.”

It would seem that Jason Kenney believes if he’s going to become premier of Canada, he’s going to have to spend a lot of time in coffee shops in places like High Level and Slave Lake, Vegreville, Vermillion, Lloydminster and Camrose.

I caught up with the Tory MP Thursday afternoon during one of his coffee shop whistle-stops at the Westlock Inn.

Kenney, who will soon leave federal politics after 19 years to run for the leadership of the provincial Tories, is currently on what he calls his Unite Canada Truck Tour. He and a couple of organizers are driving around the province this month in a Ram pickup meeting with small klatches of farmers, oilmen, welders, entrepreneurs, clerks, homemakers and so on. He wants to sell them on the idea of merging the Tories and Wildrose into a single right-of-centre party to ensure the NDP are defeated in 2019.


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