Government records contradict NDP claims about contract clause awareness
CALGARY, AB (April 11, 2019) – New documents suggest that the NDP government lied to Albertans about their knowledge of clauses in Power Purchase Agreements.
The NDP claimed in late 2016 that they didn’t know about a clause in electricity contracts that put Albertans on the hook for $2 billion – but entries in Rachel Notley’s calendar, obtained by Freedom of Information, indicate that the NDP government was well aware.
Prior to that 2016 announcement, on December 10, 2015, Rachel Notley, her Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd, and their most senior advisors had a meeting around the question “how many PPAs have this clause?”
Yet in July 2016, Rachel Notley’s Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman claimed that the government didn’t know about the clause when drafting carbon tax legislation, which passed in the Legislature the previous month.
The NDP’s Power Purchase Agreement fiasco put Albertans on the hook for $2 billion, led to the government suing itself, and is also subject to an ongoing defamation lawsuit over claims made by Sarah Hoffman.
Hearings over the defamation suit are expected to begin in Court tomorrow morning.
Even back in 2016, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi disputed the NDP claim that they didn’t known about the clause, saying “it’s particularly weird because I happen to know that they were warned repeatedly that this may trigger the very thing that they’re suing themselves about right now, and in fact, had they done the climate change policy just slightly differently they would have been able to avoid this trigger.” (Metro Calgary, Jul. 27, 2016)