Alberta is facing renewed criticism over its choice of panelists to head up its oilsands advisory group
The Wildrose party is calling for co-chair Tzeporah Berman and another appointee, Karen Mahon, to be fired.
The party claims Mahon sent out a fundraising email “imploring people to fight against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”
Rachel Notley first drew fire for appointing Berman to co-chair back in July.
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The premier addressed the concerns again on Monday, saying she wanted different voices – including environmentalist and oilsands producers – to be heard.
“People will disagree, but the way forward is to find common cause, not to develop silos and to develop your own echo chamber and then to be really surprised when no one agrees with where you are going,” Notley said.
“I think that … the vast majority of Albertans believe in inclusivity, they believe in mutual respect, they believe in civil discourse and they believe that it’s absolutely appropriate to disagree, but to do so in a way that allows you to have an actually thoughtful conversation.”
Berman is a well-known anti-oilsands advocate, who has equated the oilsands to Mordor.
She shares the role with Dave Collyer, the former president and CEO of CAPP, and Melody Lepine, a member of Alberta’s Mikisew Cree First Nation.