Clark urges government to hold more climate change consultations, questions why consultation RFP cancelled
Posted on September 02, 2015 by Meagan Parisian
CALGARY, AB - September 2, 2015 - More Albertans deserve an opportunity to have their say on Alberta’s climate change strategy, says Alberta Party leader Greg Clark.
“Last night’s consultation in Calgary drew over 400 people and I expect today’s event in Edmonton will be similar,” said Clark. “It’s unfortunate that Albertans from other parts of the province won’t have the same opportunity.”
Clark called on the province to expand the process to include consultations in Fort McMurray, Grade Prairie, Red Deer and Lethbridge, as was apparently the original plan.
“The province issued an RFP earlier this summer for a more large-scale consultation that included these cities,” said Clark. “In addition to hearing from people in these cities it would also give rural Albertans near each centre more opportunity to have their say.
“I don’t know why they cancelled the RFP but it outlined the approach I would like to see.”
Clark said completing an online survey is not the same as participating in person.
“For an issue as important as this it is important for the panel to hear from as many Albertans as possible,” said Clark. “Not everyone is comfortable completing and online survey and a survey risks being skewed by organized groups. It’s much more difficult to do that in person.
“I also have a concern that the survey is not limited to Albertans. It is important that Albertans, and Albertans alone, determine our path forward.”
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