Jason Kenney thanks Alberta energy adviser for resigning 'a day before we could fire him' - 2019-04-29
CALGARY—Premier-designate Jason Kenney thanked an Alberta energy expert Monday for quitting the Alberta Energy Regulator board "a day before we could fire him." Ed Whittingham resigned from the regulator on Sunday citing "smear" tactics by Kenney and his United Conservative Party as well as fundamental disagreements over the incoming government's energy policies.
Ed Whittingham resigned from the Alberta Energy Regulator board Sunday, citing a "smear campaign" by incoming premier Jason Kenney. ( Supplied ) United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney at a campaign rally in Edmonton on April 12. An Alberta energy expert has resigned from the Alberta Energy Regulator board Sunday, citing smear tactics by Kenney on the campaign trail. ( CODIE MCLACHLAN / The Canadian Press )
The AER is a government corporation that is tasked with overseeing the development and management of the province's energy resources, while also protecting water and the environment. Whittingham, who led the Pembina Institute environmental think tank from 2011 to 2017 and pushed for a cap on oilsands emissions, was named to the board in February. From Day 1, Whittingham says he was "subjected to a smear campaign without precedent in Alberta for a public appointment held by a private citizen," according to his resignation letter.