War Room Move “Further Degrades Democracy,” Say Greens

Media Release

October 15, 2019 

WAR ROOM MOVE “FURTHER DEGRADES DEMOCRACY,” SAY GREENS  

EDMONTON – The decision by the UCP government to incorporate its anti-environmentalist war room to avoid public disclosure of its activities is deeply concerning, say the Green Party of Alberta.

GPA Interim Leader, Will Carnegie, says the move is specially designed so that the war room, officially known as the Canadian Energy Centre, can “avoid transparency and democratic accountability. This is simply unacceptable in an open society. Albertans expect accountability from their government and this move has begun to erode the fundamental principals of an open government. Such a step further degrades democracy in our province.”

The incorporation of the war room means it will not be subject to Freedom of Information legislation and will operate largely beyond the bounds of public scrutiny.

The war room was a central promise of the UCP’s myopic platform that blames outsiders for criticism of the oil and gas industry in Alberta. “It’s helpful to remind ourselves that the creation of this organization in the first place flows from an authoritarian streak that runs at the center of the governing party. This is nothing more than a flex of the conservative government to once again, provide public funds to empower international corporations in our province. It is the natural policy extension of political party that has been bought and paid for many times over.” says Carnegie.

The creation of the war room enables the UCP government to conduct inquisitions against those who champion action in the face of the Climate Emergency or disagree with spending tax payer dollars on propping up international corporations – creating the potential for the abuse of rights that are protected in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“In addition to being an affront to the very concept of democratic transparency, the war room’s $30 million annual budget is another example of the conservatives wasting money supporting a corporate agenda rather than supporting the people of Alberta. The world is turning to green economic solutions while the current government and official opposition cling to an industry that will continue to have a reduced relevance in our society. In a world that is changing, our province needs to evolve.” says Carnegie.

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For more information, please contact:

Will Carnegie
Interim Leader of the Green Party of Alberta, Candidate of Record in Calgary-East
Phone: 403-973-6035
Email: leader@greenpartyofalberta.ca