Postmedia hires former Kenney chief of staff Nick Koolsbergen to lobby Alberta for role in 'energy war room' - 2019-05-17
Postmedia Network Inc. has hired Premier Jason Kenney's former chief of staff to lobby the Alberta government for a role in the province's new "energy war room," a $30-million public-relations machine designed to push back against critics of the oil sands.
Nick Koolsbergen registered as a lobbyist this week "to discuss ways Postmedia could be involved in the government's energy war room," according to a document posted to Alberta's lobbyist registry. The document said Mr. Koolsbergen plans to lobby the Premier's Office and the Energy Ministry, as well as several other government departments. Postmedia said the lobbying involves a division of the company that creates advertising and other commercial content, not its newsrooms.
Mr. Koolsbergen served as Mr. Kenney's chief of staff until last fall, when he became the campaign director for the United Conservative Party. He previously worked in the Prime Minister's Office under Stephen Harper and Ontario's Progressive Conservative party before that. Mr. Koolsbergen is now the chief executive of a PR firm called Wellington Advocacy, which he launched earlier this month.