Environmental Organizations Sue Premier Kenney For Defamation

Peter McCartney, Local weather Campaigner, Wilderness Committee (778) 239-1935

Kai Nagata, Communications Director, Dogwood (604) 900-5340


Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa – Environmental teams Environmental Defence, West Coast Environmental Regulation, Stand.earth, Dogwood and the Wilderness Committee have launched authorized proceedings in opposition to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and the Alberta authorities for defamatory statements that straight contradicted the findings of the ultimate report of the Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Power Campaigns. The swimsuit was filed after Premier Kenney and the Alberta authorities refused to retract statements and subject an apology.

“All we requested for was a correction and an apology, however Premier Kenney refuses to retract the false statements he made and apologize for mendacity concerning the outcomes of the Alberta Inquiry,” mentioned Tim Grey, Government Director of Environmental Defence. “In a democracy like Canada, a excessive rating authorities official ought to be held accountable for trying to publicly alter the outcomes of a Public Inquiry and for utilizing his workplace to sentence and defame these he doesn’t agree with.”

Teams contend that statements within the Alberta authorities’s “Key Findings” doc, which had been subsequently repeated and amplified by Premier Kenney on social media platforms Fb and Twitter, are defamatory as they assert environmental teams have intentionally unfold “misinformation” concerning the Alberta oil and fuel business. Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allan was unequivocal in his report that he made no such discovering.

Over a two-year time interval, teams and people had been named publicly and focused on social media, inflicting some people to obtain loss of life threats. At a 2019 press convention the place Premier Kenney mentioned the Alberta Power Warfare Room, a poster of one of many plaintiffs, Tzeporah Berman, worldwide program director at Stand.earth, coated with a pink circle and slash, was displayed at a authorities press convention with out condemnation.

“Premier Kenney has been mendacity in a determined try to show again time. We’re all feeling the results of overheating and excessive climate and we want a plan for winding down oil and fuel that leaves no employee or their household behind. There is no such thing as a place for lies and assaults that threaten involved Canadians,” mentioned Tzeporah Berman of Stand.earth.  “Premier Kenney’s actions have elevated polarization and delayed planning that may assist Alberta staff and their households throughout the power transition and hold us all protected from extra excessive climate, fires and flooding.”

Teams are asking for $15,000 every in precise damages and an extra $500,000 in punitive damages in opposition to Premier Kenney to dissuade him and different Canadian public officers from utilizing the facility of their workplace to bully their critics. The 5 teams launched the defamation case on behalf of a number of organizations and people impacted by Kenney’s statements.


For extra info, please contact:

Allen Braude, Senior Communications Supervisor, Environmental Defence, [email protected]

Paul Champ, Human Rights Lawyer, (613) 816-2441

Anna Johnston, Employees Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Regulation, (604) 601-2508

Tzeporah Berman, Stand.earth, (604) 313-4713

Peter McCartney, Local weather Campaigner, Wilderness Committee (778) 239-1935

Kai Nagata, Communications Director, Dogwood (604) 900-5340

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