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Judge dismisses Ecojustice’s attempt to stop inquiry into anti-Alberta Energy campaign

EDMONTON – A judge today struck down Ecojustice’s attempt to stop a Public Inquiry Into Funding of Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns.

The United Conservative government’s inquiry is into whether foreign groups have conspired against Alberta’s oil industry.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Karen Horner said the law firm Ecojustice failed to prove the inquiry was aimed at intimidating charities, which have raised concerns about Alberta’s energy industry.

Ecojustice had asked a judge to strike down the UCP government’s Public Inquiry Into Funding of Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns, citing that it’s biased against charities that have raised concerns about the energy industry.

Ecojustice calls the inquiry politically motivated. Justice Horner said there’s no evidence that the inquiry is politically motivated.

The Alberta government and some energy industry leaders claim Canadian environmental charities that accept U.S. funding are part of a plan against Alberta’s energy industry.

The province has said the plan aims to block pipelines and landlock Alberta’s oil to benefit its American competitors.

The inquiry’s final report has been delayed and is expected on May 31. The province must release the report to the public within three months of its submission.

Premier Jason Kenney ordered the inquiry to fulfill a campaign province. The inquiry was launched in July 2019 through an order-in-council.