Tragedy often brings out the real character of people, those with good hearts and those, such as Elizabeth May, with black hearts who enjoy exploiting the suffering of others for political gain.
With the fire not yet finished burning down the hopes, dreams and maybe the financial futures of 80,000 evacuees, social media has been lit up by trolls suggesting that this is about God raining down fire and brimstone on the evil oil city of Ft. McMurray.
They have therefore decided to call it karma, or as former NDP candidate Tom Moffatt tweeted out, “karmic #climatechange.”
Many others have piled on with the typical mean-spiritedness of the self righteous.
Here's just one from Facebook I'll mention because it was sent to me: "How ironic the people of Fort Mac trying to leave but getting stranded because they run out of fuel."
Aside from ironic, I'll bet you think it's funny, too.
Green Party leader May was asked Wednesday if the fire is linked to global warming.
"Of course," she said. "The temperature records were being smashed through last month for northern Alberta. It's due to global emissions."
After saying that, she said she didn't say it. May said she wasn't tying this particular fire to climate change.
"No credible climate scientist would make this claim, and neither do I make this claim," she said.
Perhaps May was drinking too much, as she is wont to do.
If you recall, the alcohol-inspired May had to be pulled off the stage by a friend last year after a meandering and nasty tirade, with a shout-out to Omar Khadr, who had been freed on bail in Edmonton the week before.
"Omar Khadr, you've got more class than the whole fucking cabinet," May said, referring to the Conservative party.
May, who (irony alert) apparently reverses opinions as fast as Donald Trump, later blamed her outburst on being tired. No marks for originality in that state of denial.
All of the leaders of Canada's real political parties, when asked of May's Ft. McMurray comments, refused to go anywhere near making political hay out such suffering and financial loss.
But what about May? Why does she get so many passes for her crass behaviour?
It might be because the media goes easier on misbehaving females, oh yes, they do.
Or maybe because May has no political power and therefore not much expectation for accountability, just a gnat in the wind.
The idea that that's just Elizabeth being Elizabeth has worn as thin as her character.
I hope she's not saving the world for more people like her.
— Chuck Poulsen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.