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Inquiry to seek answers on anti-Alberta oil campaigns

Premier Jason Kenney, Minister of Energy Sonya Savage and Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer announce the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns.
Premier Jason Kenney, Minister of Energy Sonya Savage and Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer announce the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns.

Campaigns that attack Alberta's energy interests will be investigated through a public inquiry launched by the provincial government.

The $2.5 million inquiry, to be led by forensic and restructuring accountant Steve Allan, will look at the foreign interests that target Alberta oil, according to provincial officials.

"As promised, our government is standing up for Alberta's interests by fighting the well-funded foreign campaign targeting our energy industry. This misinformation has been allowed to defame Alberta for far too long," declared Premier Jason Kenney. "It has seen foreign special interests secretively spending tens of millions of dollars to thwart Alberta's economic development by landlocking our energy - but it stops now."

The inquiry will consist of two phases. The commissioner will first conduct an information review, interview witnesses and complete additional research. Based on the information gathered during Phase 1, the commissioner will then hold a public hearing if deemed necessary. Allan will submit a final report to government by July 2, 2020.

"We've known about a deliberate and targeted attempt that has sought to landlock Alberta oil for several years. We are launching this public inquiry to expose the foreign interests behind the anti-Alberta energy campaign. Steve Allan has more than 40 years' of experience and is highly qualified for this important work. I look forward to the results of his inquiry," said Sonya Savage, Minister of Energy.

Allan is a leading forensic and restructuring accountant with more than 40 years' experience in the field. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta and holds the ICD.D designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is the board chair of Calgary Economic Development and is a respected volunteer and community leader who advocates for economic development, poverty reduction, sports and the arts.

"The campaign to landlock Alberta oil has caused over a decade of reputational harm to Alberta's energy sector. We will determine next steps once the commissioner files his report and if there is evidence of illegal activity, we will take further action," said Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

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