Premier Jason Kenney has filed his defence in a defamation lawsuit brought against him by environmental groups over his remarks on the release of an inquiry into supposed misinformation about Alberta's energy industry.
In documents filed Wednesday, the groups allege Kenney deliberately twisted the findings of a public inquiry into their funding and whether they were conspiring to landlock Alberta oil by spreading misinformation about its environmental impacts.
A coalition of at least eight environmental groups is threatening to sue Alberta Premier Jason Kenney for defamation if he doesn't retract and apologize for statements saying a public inquiry found they spread misinformation about the province's oil and gas industry.
Launched in 2019 by Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative government to investigate foreign funding of environmental groups, the inquiry led by commissioner Steve Allan found no “suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of any individual or organization.”
The public inquiry report into what the Alberta government labels troublesome foreign funding of enviro-groups was delivered on Friday, July 30, 2021, – a year late and million dollars over its original budget.
A court has been told that a man leading an inquiry into alleged foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns should be allowed to continue his work because accusations of bias are unfounded and his investigation is in the public interest.