Tom Moffatt's 'karmic' Fort McMurray fire tweet nets job suspension

A former Alberta NDP candidate has been suspended from his job with the Town of Taber over his tweet last week, “Karmic #climatechange fire burns CDN oilsands city," which he later deleted and apologized for.

Ex-NDP hopeful later deleted and expressed regret for social media post

One-time NDP candidate Tom Moffatt has been suspended from his job with the Town of Taber over a tweet that was widely condemned as insensitive to the victims of the Fort McMurray fire. (LinkedIn/Twitter)

A former Alberta NDP candidate has been suspended from his job with the Town of Taber over his tweet last week, "Karmic #climatechange fire burns CDN oilsands city," which he later deleted and apologized for.

Tom Moffatt was roundly criticized on social media for his tweet, which seemed to suggest the Fort McMurray fire was cosmic payback for the city's oilsands-based economy adding to climate change.

Town officials in Taber immediately distanced themselves from Moffatt, an I.T. manager, tweeting that his comment "in no way reflects the town's views on this terrible tragedy."

On Friday the town went further, tweeting that Moffatt has been suspended pending an investigation of his comments.

Moffatt said last week his "ill-conceived" tweet was meant to draw attention to corporate and government inaction on the issue of climate change. 

Moffatt ran unsuccessfully for the NDP in the 2008 and 2012 provincial elections. In 2015, he sought the party's nomination again but lost it to Maria Fitzpatrick, who went on to win the seat as the party swept to power.