Premier Rachel Notley is once again deflecting calls to fire those who are anti-pipeline from the Oil Sands Advisory committee.
This time it’s appointee Karen Mahon, who the Wildrose Party says sent out a fundraising email “imploring people to fight against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”
Notley said she wanted different voices on the committee, from environmentalists to oil sands producers.
“That’s fine. They otherwise disagree, but they’re working together on that.” She said. “People will disagree, but the way forward is to develop common cause, not to develop silos and to develop your own echo-chamber, and then be really surprised when no one agrees with where you’re going.”
Notley added the whole point of the committee is to hear an array of opinions.
“On the contrast, I don’t think that the optics are bad.” she said. “I think the optics are inevitable, and they are path to progress.”
The first concerns came about co-chair Tzeporah Berman, a known anti-oil sands advocate who compared the oil sands to Mordor from the Lord of the Rings films. (ms, News Talk 770)