Shannon Phillips (left), Minister of the Environment and Parks, and Edda Whittingham, executive director of the Pembina Institute, talk about the upgrade to carbon emission standards of Alberta and the establishment of the Advisory Group for Policy Research in the field of climate change, the province in the media room in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in Edmonton, Alta., to Thursday, June 25, 2015.
Calling himself a political "punching bag" Jason Kenney Environmental Advisor Ed Whittingham, he resigned from his position with the Alberta Energy Regulator ahead fired from his part of the premiership & # 39; EPA.
Whittingham said the UCP leader image of it as an eco-extremist Trojan plaguing the energy sector with the & # 39 is a "smear campaign without precedent in Alberta" and "red meat" thrown their fans.
"I would like to use the term punching bag entirely on duty, but within a few weeks," said the man who was once executive director of Environmental Analytical tank Pembina Institute.
During the recent election campaign, Kenny has repeatedly used the name Uittingema for showering the enemy Rachel Notley for his appointment to the AER in February last year, accusing the veteran of the energy industry advisor "accept foreign money to make economic sabotage against the working men and women of Alberta."
"Of all the people who have the right to be a director here, they choose someone who is opposed to every single line, every oil and gas project, even LNG," said Kenny Postmedia, promising once Whittingham fire power.
Whittingham presence on AER, he said, was a symptom of the government's treacherous drift Notley, which extended its "alliance" with the Prime Minister & # 39; MINISTER Justin Trudeau.
In a tweet on Monday afternoon, Kinney mocked Whittingham's resignation the day before that he would fire him – on Tuesday after he was sworn in as prime minister & # 39; EPA.
"Our government will never appoint a person like him, who are sworn enemies of Alberta jobs," Kinney twitter.
But Whittingham said it's stated policy Kinnya in environmental protection rollback environment as emissions cap on Oilsands operations that threaten the industry, dimming global image that made steps, adding its leaders consistently agree with him.
This approach, he could not be a member, he said.
"Those leaders have seen, it was about performance issues and not those communications and I worry that it will go in the wrong direction," he said.
"I want to see the oil and gas industry to thrive in an environmentally sustainable manner."
In his letter of resignation two pages sent to the AER chair Sheila O & # 39; Bryan on Sunday, Whittingham also ridiculed the assertion Kenny, he Pembina Institute was obliged foreign money and interest that are going to destroy the energy sector in Canada.
Under his tenure, he said, 85 percent PEMBINA revenue came from Canadian suppliers, and the rest, "originated from international sources that share its clean energy goals," he wrote.
Whittingham said he worked closely with the major energy companies in the province, which led to a consensus between them to implement carbon pricing and emissions borders.
In a statement on Monday, the UCP said anti-energy industry Stances Whittingham, especially with the Pembina Institute, invited attack on his record.
"They support the law Justin Trudeau" No more pipes, C-69, Bill, "said the party." We do not accept the assertion that Albert said the truth of these facts is reduced to smear. "
The withdrawal can be for the better, said Tim McMillan, president of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the organization Whittingham also worked side by side.
"It is important that we have people on board You to AER, who want to see our industry forward and when he felt that this is what he can do for the other factors, it is right for him to do," McMillan said.
Uittingema presence on board "certainly a lot of sore AER debate and this is what we do not want to see," he added.
Kenny vow to close all AER board with a & # 39 is a matter for the incoming government OGPA, McMillan said.
"We want You to AER Council, which receives regulatory oversight very suras & # 39; ozna and wants to see Albert exceptional in this regard," he said
The move would be a blow to the surveillance industry, Whittingham said.
"I think it's a shame – all board members with the & # 39 are exclusive to humans," he said.
– With files from Chris Varcoe
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