The Wildrose thinks the Notley Government should demand the resignation of one of its chief oil sands advisors after comments made in a recent interview.
In the interview, Oil Sands Advisory Group co-chair Tzeporah Berman argued against pipeline development in Alberta, saying it’s not needed for the economy to thrive.
Chestermere-Rocky View MLA Lela Sharon Aheer agrees with having advisors with environmental background, but questions whether someone against the development should be an advisor.
“It would make sense to have an environmentalist to come on board,” she says “because it adds a super-balanced approach to the ongoing aspects of making sure that the oil sands are getting… that they’re promoted appropriately.”
However, Aheer says the statement shows Berman isn’t fit to serve on the Advisory Group.
“Here is a person who is an obvious lobbyist, an obvious activist,” says Aheer, “who’s been brought on to a panel and is not being asked to step down by our government who by all standards looks like they’re actually trying to get pipelines.”
Aheer says the comments are disrespectful to the oil and gas industry, and to Albertans. (ms, News Talk 770)