Bring back Mars

When shall we handle efficiently the fires? I am not referring to a romantic fireplace, over the lovely Christmas season.

When shall we handle efficiently the fires? I am not referring to a romantic fireplace, over the lovely Christmas season.

I for one am appalled about the total lack of leadership at the highest level of government federal and provincial.

It is pathetic when the only Mars bomber we have in B.C. is in the hands of private enterprise. Furthermore, when we see these little helicopters towing a tiny bucket of water trying to fight forest fires in the biggest land area in the world, Canada, one can only wonder, who is running the show?

Having said that, we certainly can praise the brave hard working people on the ground, working very hard in a very dangerous environment.

Not only do we lose millions of dollars in timber every year, it cost us millions to fund these disasters and the cycle continues.

The warning is out for a few years; Earth’s climate is changing, the scientists are telling us. We almost lost a western city a few short years ago to fire, Slave Lake, Alberta. Canadians have lost their homes, their lives have been ruined.

We need the proper efficient equipment here in B.C. I propose the immediate building of 10 Mars water bombers for our province. It is not very much, but it is a start in the right direction.

The protection of our country is under our military — preserve and protect Canada from regular forest fires.

Maybe the Council of Canadians ought to wake up the snoozing brass in government.

When there is a problem, it has to be addressed with efficiency and massive involvement at the very get go. Only then shall we succeed; with proper equipment.

Cheers to an old efficient aircraft, the American built, Mars water bomber.

J.C. LecordierQualicum Beach

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