NDP Must Explain Legal Inaction

March 23, 2019

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Researcher reveals that NDP ignored legal advice on fighting back against foreign funded campaigns trying to landlock Alberta oil

EDMONTON, AB (March 23, 2019) – The Notley NDP must immediately explain why they ignored a legal opinion on how to fight back against the foreign-funded campaigns that are working to obstruct the construction of new pipelines, damaging Alberta jobs and the families that depend on them.  

A recent online posting from researcher Vivian Krause, addressed to NDP leader Rachel Notley, stated:

“Eight months ago, you were provided a proper legal opinion prepared by one of the very best litigation firms in Calgary, URGING YOU to litigate to end the Rockefeller’s campaign to sabotage Alberta pipelines. EIGHT MONTHS AGO. You did nothing.”

“Rachel Notley must explain what the options presented to her were, and why the NDP chose to ignore them,” said Jason Nixon, United Conservative candidate for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre. “The NDP needs explain why they opted for inaction against these foreign-funded attacks on our oil & gas workers and Alberta’s prosperity.”

Last year, the NDP rightly said that Ms. Krause is “a tireless champion of our energy industry and we appreciate her thorough investigative work. We will continue to consider all options going forward, legal and otherwise.”

More talk, no action – the NDP record on pipelines.

Yesterday, United Conservative leader Jason Kenney outlined a comprehensive strategy to fight back on foreign-funded activists who have been working against Alberta’s oil and gas industry and the jobs and families that depend on them.

The NDP last month, already in the legal campaign period, appointed Ed Whittingham, a long-time anti-oil and gas activist and recipient of foreign funds to a top director position in the Alberta Energy Regulator. Mr. Whittingham actively campaigned and lobbied against approval of several pipelines in recent years.

“A United Conservative government will fight back against the foreign-funded groups, unlike the NDP that appoint key anti-oil activists to important positions in the very industry they’re trying to disrupt,” Nixon said.

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For more information, contact:

media@unitedconservative.ca

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