“I’m astonished that Minister Phillips used her address at a non-partisan event to spread misinformation about previous governments’ efforts on climate change,” said Progressive Conservative Environment critic and MLA for Calgary-South East, Rick Fraser. “Industry leaders present at the Summit want to hear constructive and informative messages about the government’s plans going forward, not politically-charged rhetoric better suited to an NDP rally.”
Under previous Progressive Conservative governments, Alberta was the first jurisdiction in North America to put a price on carbon, worked cooperatively with industry to meet federal government targets for the phase out of coal, and invested heavily in new technologies like carbon capture and storage. To suggest that nothing had previously been done is not only false, it is insulting to the industry players who have worked hand-in-hand with government for decades on developing new technologies and processes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“By using this opportunity to campaign for the next provincial election instead of building industry and investor confidence, the Minister has proven that her actions on this and other important files are driven by ideology and partisan interests rather than doing what’s right for Alberta,” said Fraser. “For a Minister on government business to warn an audience of what could happen should her party lose power is fearmongering of the highest order and incredibly inappropriate.”