Alberta's public inquiry into environmental charity funding may seek jurisdiction in other provinces - 2019-07-15
The commissioner leading Alberta's public inquiry into the funding of environmental charities says he's considering asking other provinces for jurisdiction that would allow him to compel witness testimony and evidence elsewhere in Canada.
Steve Allan, a forensic accountant, was appointed earlier this month to lead a public inquiry into allegations that large amounts of foreign funding has contributed to a successful campaign to block new pipelines to export Alberta oil and gas. Environmentalists and other critics of the government have dismissed the inquiry as little more than political theatre based on a conspiracy theory.
Mr. Allan's inquiry has the authority only to conduct hearings, issue subpoenas to witnesses and compel evidence in Alberta, even though many of the groups Premier Jason Kenney has held up as the main architects of the campaign against Alberta oil are located outside the province, primarily in British Columbia and Ontario.