Greens call for national water bomber fleet
VANCOUVER – As the country still reels from the threats of multiple wildfires, Green Party leader Elizabeth May is calling for the federal government to step up. “We need to think and act more like Europe where a consortium of countries are jointly purchasing water bombers so the water bomber fleet is available in a fire emergency whether in Greece or Sweden.”
“Meanwhile in Canada, Nova Scotia has no water bombers and neither does the NWT have capacity to deploy Canadian planes. Enough is enough. It is time to share the burden for water bombers and fire fighting capacity with federal leadership.”
Greens have long called for the federal government to buy water bombers (see Mission Possible 2019). Delay is no longer an option. We need to have greater federal-provincial cooperation in responding to the climate emergency, just as we must have greater federal provincial cooperation in slashing greenhouse gasses that are drying out our forests and driving extreme weather events from floods to hurricanes to fires.
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