EDMONTON, ALTA. – The government of Alberta has opened Albertainquiry.ca to support an independent public inquiry to determine if campaigns opposed to the energy sector were funded by foreign sources.
New Alberta premier Jason Kenney maintained during the recent provincial election and beforehand that foreign-funded charities are deliberately trying to landlock Alberta’s resources.
The website features a submission page for the public that details how visitors can submit relevant information to the inquiry along with explanations on the commissioner and the inquiry’s mandate and reason for being.
“At this stage in the process, I’m focused on information-gathering and fact-finding, and that’s why it is critical that I hear from anyone who has valuable information to share. I encourage anyone with relevant information to visit the website for further details,” inquiry commissioner Steve Allan said.
“The commissioner’s website marks an important milestone in the first phase of the independent inquiry. I’ve heard from many Albertans and Canadians who are anxious to participate in the process, and this website provides them an opportunity to do so,” provincial energy minister Sonya Savage added.
The inquiry will take place in two phases, the first consisting of a paper review with interviews of witness and additional research including reviewing public submissions from Albertainquiry.ca. The budget for the inquiry is $2.5 million.
Based on information gathered in the first phase, the commissioner will then determine if a public hearing is necessary, with a final report to government by July 2, 2020.
With files from The Canadian Press