There are calls for two members of the Oilsands Advisory Group to step down after their public comments against the approval of the Trans Mountain and Line 3 projects.
Tzeporah Bergman and Karen Mahon were quoted in a newspaper article and on social media as being against the pipelines.
Alberta Party leader Greg Clark says he’s all for diverse opinions being on a panel like that, but argues that speaking out like that while on a panel looking at oilsands issues is inappropriate.
Clark says it seems like common sense to him.
“It’s really the good practice of any government panel or, frankly, any board of directors, private, not for profit, or public, that members of that committee will respect the process.”
He adds that he’s not sure how productive it is to have staunch anti-oilsands activists on the panel anyway.
“If you’ve got people who are anti-oilsands activists, I’m not sure what they bring to the process. Their job is to stop the development of Alberta’s oilsands, that’s not in Alberta’s interest.”
Premier Rachel Notley has no plans of taking them off, saying she doesn’t believe in “shouting down” opposition on these issues. (kdr)