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Alberta inquiry into ‘foreign-funded’ anti-energy industry groups latest chapter in ‘misdirected attacks,’ says charity

By Mike Lapointe      

The provincial NDP critic says inquiry is 'only going to increase opposition to energy development in Alberta,' with one expert calling it attempt to put a 'chill' on activism in Canada.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Environment Minister Sonya Savage talk to reporters in Ottawa in May. Mr. Kenney announced the launch of the $2.5-million public inquiry to look into 'foreign special interests secretively spending tens of millions of dollars to thwart Alberta’s economic development by land locking our energy' on July 4. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Alberta’s inquiry into what its premier calls a “well-funded foreign campaign” against its energy industry is an attempt to put a “chill” on activism that could spill over into this fall’s federal election, say academics.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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