“After months of talking down Alberta and the hardworking people in the oilsands, we are happy to see that Berman has been asked to leave the Oil Sands Advisory Group,” said Ric McIver, Progressive Conservative Caucus Leader and MLA for Calgary-Hays. “The PC Caucus has been calling for her removal for months. Including diverse voices on this panel is important, but to appoint an anti-oilsand, eco-warrior as the co-chair was irresponsible governing from the NDP. We just hope Berman hasn’t tarnished Alberta’s reputation.”
Today, the Oil Sands Advisory Group submitted their first round of advice to the NDP government that included a number of recommendations regarding the 100 megatonne emissions cap. The NDP government refused to adopt any of the recommendations from the advisory group, but stated they would begin another round of consultations.
“The NDP have committed to more consultation, but we all know how consultations go with this government – they have no interest in listening to Albertans,” said Rick Fraser, Progressive Conservative Energy Critic and MLA for Calgary-South East. “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a goal this caucus supports. However, the NDP government has sacrificed investor confidence and jobs to reach that goal and that’s concerning to every Albertan. The NDP continues to push their failed carbon tax that is hurting Albertans when their social license has clearly failed. It’s time to start making Albertans a priority.”