CALGARY — Amnesty International has warned Alberta Premier Jason Kenney that his government's fight against oil and gas industry foes puts human rights at risk.
The head of the group's Canadian branch outlined his concerns in an open letter Tuesday that highlighted Alberta's public inquiry into foreign funding of environmental groups and its $30-million war room to combat critics through social media, advertising and the press.
The United Conservative government has launched a multi-pronged attack on groups Kenney has accused of mounting a "campaign of lies and defamation." He has blamed Canada's inability to build new market-opening pipelines — and the associated economic woes in Alberta — on deep-pocketed U.S. charities that have unfairly maligned Canadian energy.
Although Alberta has enacted no laws stopping environmentalists from expressing their views, the government has created a toxic environment by labelling them liars and enemies, Neve said.
In a speech to an oilsands conference in Fort McMurray, Alta., Kenney ridiculed Amnesty's letter.
The premier said he set up an Amnesty International club in high school because of its work on behalf of prisoners in authoritarian dictatorships.
"The world must be in a pretty good place now with respect to human rights if they're now focusing their attention on efforts by the government of Alberta to advocate for the environmentally responsible development of resources," said Kenney, who added he intends to write back to Neve.
Kenney said Canada has a moral obligation to provide its energy to the world.
"Is it really the view of Amnesty International that the world would be better if this country — this great champion of human dignity, of equality, of opportunity, of environmental protection — were to abandon global energy markets to Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and Venezuela?"https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstor ... ailsignout
Amnesty International has gone from advocating on behalf of prisoners of conscience in dictatorial regimes to advocating for the exports of dictatorial regimes.