Vancouver chef featured in article by Alberta 'energy war room' furious he wasn't told of links to government - 2019-12-25
A Vancouver chef who was featured in an article produced by Alberta's "energy war room" says he's furious he wasn't told that the Canadian Energy Centre was created and funded by the provincial government.
Donald Gyurkovits, president of the Canadian Culinary Federation, said his group strives to stay out of politics and he never would have participated if the writer who contacted him explained the background of the centre. Several other people interviewed by the war room have also said they were not told about its ties to the Alberta government and critics have questioned why the centre's writers have been describing themselves as reporters.
The Canadian Energy Centre was launched earlier this month with a $30-million annual budget to promote Alberta's oil and gas sector while pushing back against the industry's opponents. It was a campaign promise from Premier Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party, which won the spring election.