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No one knows what caused Fort McMurray wildfire, so don’t point fingers

By Warren Kinsella      

No one knows, of course, and nor does anyone know what caused the fire, either. But that hasn’t stopped too many people—on both sides of the ideological divide—from assigning blame.

Some of the devastation left behind by the Fort McMurray, Alta., wildfire, pictured May 4, 2016. The fire started on May 3, forcing 80,000 to flee the city. It destroyed 1,600 buildings, mostly homes. Alberta declared a state of emergency and the federal government has pledged all possible assistance. Twitter pic

TORONTO—A spark neglected makes a mighty fire. Robert Herrick, an American writer and essayist, said that. He was an interesting fellow—a novelist, a poet, a Harvard grad, a professor at MIT. Coincidentally, Herrick was also the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands for a time. He was appointed to the position, but he likely knew something about politics just the same. What would Robert Herrick think, then, about the confluence of the Fort McMurray fire and politics? What

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