Alberta to probe funding of anti-pipeline environmental groups with $2.5-million inquiry - 2019-07-04
Alberta is launching a public inquiry into the foreign funding of environmentalists, tackling a long-standing grievance among Canada's conservative politicians that money from abroad has paid for a campaign to effectively block resource development.
Premier Jason Kenney, who announced the $2.5-million inquiry on Thursday, argued foreign groups and billionaires have been funding Canadian organizations for years to spread misleading information as part of a widespread and co-ordinated campaign against pipelines and Alberta's energy sector. A number of the groups named by the Premier dismissed his claim as a fabrication.
"For more than a decade, Alberta has been the target of a well-funded, political propaganda campaign to defame our energy industry and to landlock our resources," Mr. Kenney told reporters in Calgary, flanked by his justice and energy ministers.