Russia offer of Wildfire aid unanswered
As of this post, Canada has not responded to the Russian offer of aid to fight the fires.
The proposal was made late last week by Vladimir Puchkov, the Russian minister of emergency measures.
A spokesman for Russia's embassy in Ottawa, Kirill Kalinin, says they continue to stand "ready to help our Canadian partners to fight the ongoing wildfires in Alberta."
The offer involves sending converted Ilyushin Il-76 transport planes — the kind occasionally leased by the Canadian military — that can dump as much as "42 tons of fire retardant into fire spots."
Moscow also says it has "rescuers and specialists with necessary equipment" ready to help on the ground, if need be.
Speaking on CTV's Question Period, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the fire, which is expected to cover up to 3,000 square kilometres by the end of the day, continues to grow, but he made no mention of the Russian overture — or any other potential pitch of international assistance.
I believe Russia's offer of aid proves Russia's bona fides in this matter and that Canada would do well to take Russia up on the offer. After all, Russia has proven highly effective in putting out the fires of terrorism in Syria...perhaps it can put out the fires in Alberta....and allow the residents of Fort MacMurray to return to their lands ASAP....and put the lie to the apocalyptic scenario alleged in the video I posted above.