Ecojustice asks court to stop inquiry into alleged foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns CBC News - 2020-07-27
An environmental law group is seeking an injunction that would suspend the provincial government's controversial inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on Alberta's energy industry until the court can rule on an earlier legal challenge.
In November, Ecojustice filed a judicial review application in the Court of Queen's Bench that asked the court to halt the inquiry. It alleged the $2.5-million inquiry was created for "partisan political purposes" and had been tainted by bias from the outset.
The non-profit group claimed the inquiry was called for an improper purpose outside the Public Inquiries Act, and that both its terms of reference and public comments by the United Conservative Party, Premier Jason Kenney, and Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer predetermined facts that inquiry commissioner Steve Allan had not yet established.