Statement by Commissioner Steve Allan on Alberta Inquiry schedule.
January 29, 2021
The Alberta Inquiry has requested and received permission to extend the schedule for submitting its Final Report to Alberta’s Minister of Energy to May 31, 2021. We are pleased to have this extension as it allows us to complete the Participants for Response process, a fundamental component of the Inquiry established in the Rules of Procedure and Practice in September 2020. It has always been our intention to engage with persons who may be subject to a finding of misconduct or the subject of a materially adverse factual finding such that they be afforded an opportunity to respond. This extension allows us to undertake and complete the Inquiry’s processes in a timely and fair manner. The Inquiry has required and undertaken a thorough and detailed review of voluminous material covering a time frame of about 20 years, which has been made all the more complex by the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health advisories. Regrettably this has resulted in delays. Requests for extensions to the original schedules of public inquiries, regardless of the mandate, are not unusual. We are focused on completing this matter as expeditiously as possible. The Inquiry’s budget is unchanged at $3.5 million.
Commissioner, Public Inquiry into Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns
The Commissioner has made a ruling on the Application regarding the Package of Materials for Commentary
January 29, 2021
Participant for Commentary segment closed
January 13, 2021
The Inquiry has closed its consideration of applications for standing as a Participant for Commentary as of January 29, 2021. Once all responses from Participants for Commentary are received, the Inquiry will assess the contributions contained in the responses, and may decide to release some or all of the responses into the public record.