Overview

In July 2019, the Government of Alberta launched a public inquiry, under the Public Inquiries Act, into anti-Alberta energy campaigns that are supported by foreign organizations.

Steve Allan, a Calgary forensic and restructuring accountant with 40 years of experience, was appointed as the Commissioner to lead the Inquiry.


Introduction

This website has been established to provide relevant information to the public about the work being done by the Inquiry.

Since the Inquiry was launched in July of 2019 the investigative phase of the Inquiry has been ongoing, including:

  • undertaking preliminary research
  • gathering records and conducting interviews
  • reviewing submissions and reports referred to the Inquiry
  • planning the next steps of the Inquiry, which are set out here
  • the continuing development of this website

This website will be updated as matters progress.

If you have questions or comments relevant to the Inquiry, please email the Inquiry at [email protected].*


Mandate

The Commissioner's mandate is set forth in section 2 of the Inquiry's Terms of Reference and provides as follows:

  • "2(1) The commissioner shall inquire into the role of foreign funding, if any, in anti-Alberta energy campaigns, and in doing so shall inquire into matters including, but not limited to, the following:
    • (a) whether any foreign organization that has evinced an intent harmful or injurious to the Alberta oil and gas industry has provided financial assistance to a Canadian organization, which may include any Canadian organization that has disseminated misleading or false information about the Alberta oil and gas industry;
    • (b) whether any Canadian organization referred to in clause (a) has also received grants or other discretionary funding from the government of Alberta, from municipal, provincial or territorial governments in Canada or from the Government of Canada;
    • (c) whether any Canadian organization referred to in clause (a) has charitable status in Canada.
  • 2(2) As part of the inquiry, the commissioner shall examine the work completed by other investigations in other jurisdictions into similar activities or alleged activities, including but not limited to the following:
    • (a) the 2017 report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence of the United States of America, entitled Background to ‘Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections’: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution;
    • (b) the 2018 United States House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology Majority Staff Report, entitled Russian Attempts to Influence U.S. Domestic Energy Markets by Exploiting Social Media.
  • 2(3) The commissioner shall make such findings and recommendations as the commissioner considers advisable, and may make findings and recommendations to achieve the following:
    • (a) make the Government of Alberta and Albertans generally aware of whether foreign funds are being provided in the manner described in subsection (1)(a);
    • (b) enable the Government of Alberta to respond effectively if any anti-Alberta energy campaigns are funded, in whole or in part, in the manner described in subsection (1)(a);
    • (c) assist the Government of Alberta by recommending any additional eligibility criteria that should be considered when issuing government grants;
    • (d) assist the Government of Alberta by recommending the interpretation of existing eligibility criteria or the creation of new eligibility criteria for attaining or maintaining charitable status.

Reporting timelines

The Commissioner reports to the Alberta’s Minister of Energy as follows:

  • an interim report with advice, proposals, recommendations, analyses or policy options related to the Inquiry was submitted to the minister on January 31, 2020 in accordance with the Terms of Reference.
  • a final report setting out the findings and recommendations no later than October 30, 2020

The Minister will publish the final report within 90 days of receiving it from the Commissioner.


Engagement Process Outlined for Alberta Public Inquiry into Foreign Funding of Energy Campaigns

Inquiry Framework, procedures and rules defined

September 14, 2020

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Alberta Public Inquiry into foreign funding of anti-Alberta energy campaigns has established a framework for conducting the Inquiry’s engagement with specific parties about the information gathered to date.

“For this engagement, I have posted the Rules for Procedure and Practice, accompanied by my Ruling on Interpretation of the Terms of Reference (together, the Inquiry Framework), in order to provide clarity and formality, which will lead to findings to be contained within a final report to be sent to Alberta’s Energy Minister, and subsequently released publicly,” said Steve Allan, Commissioner of the Alberta Public Inquiry.

“I anticipate this engagement process will be conducted primarily in writing, including an exchange of correspondence and written submissions, by parties who are granted standing to review and respond to issues of interest to the Inquiry. Additional face-to-face meetings may also be conducted. I am conscious of striking a balance between the need for an efficient and cost-effective process, and the importance of ensuring parties are treated fairly and given a reasonable opportunity to respond to matters that may affect their interests,” Allan said.

The Inquiry Framework, containing the Ruling on Interpretation of the Terms of Reference and the Rules for Procedure and Practice, is posted on the Inquiry website www.albertainquiry.ca.

Background

In July 2019, the Government of Alberta launched the Alberta inquiry, under the Public Inquiries Act, into the anti-Alberta energy campaigns that are supported by foreign organizations. Steve Allan, a Calgary forensic and restructuring accountant with 40 years of experience, was appointed as the Commissioner to lead the Inquiry.

Contacts                                          

Alan Boras
Email: 
[email protected]
Phone: 403.630.4911


Alberta Public Inquiry into anti-energy campaigns schedule extended to hear from funding entities

June 25, 2020

CALGARY – The schedule of the Alberta Inquiry into foreign funding of Alberta anti-energy campaigns has been extended to October 30, 2020 to hear from funding entities that have been identified in the Inquiry’s research to date, and to accommodate challenges due to COVID-19.

In its work to date, the Inquiry has conducted more than 100 interviews with academics, researchers, industry officials, environmentalists, not-for-profit organizations and members of Indigenous communities to gather a variety of views. It has researched voluminous records of charitable grants, tax filings and public records of organizations. In the next stage of the Inquiry’s process, the Commissioner will afford parties an opportunity to consider and respond to relevant material collected through the research and investigative work to date. The Commissioner expects to be providing further information on the specific process to be followed in the near future. The Inquiry continues to welcome voices and views from a wide variety of perspectives. Information on the Inquiry and how to send a submission is available on the Inquiry’s website: www.albertainquiry.ca.

Background

In July 2019, the Government of Alberta launched the Alberta inquiry, under the Public Inquiries Act, into the anti-Alberta energy campaigns that are supported by foreign organizations. Steve Allan, a Calgary forensic and restructuring accountant with 40 years of experience, was appointed as the Commissioner to lead the Inquiry.


Interim Report delivered to government

January 31, 2020

I’m pleased to report that I have prepared and submitted my Interim Report to the Government of Alberta in accordance with the timelines set out in the Terms of Reference for the public inquiry into anti-Alberta energy campaigns.

Work on the inquiry started in July 2019, with extensive research, consultation and analysis having followed. As part of this work, I’ve met and engaged with many people and organizations representing all facets of the Inquiry’s mandate.

The delivery of the Interim Report today marks a key milestone in the Inquiry’s work.  Government is currently reviewing the Interim Report and I await to hear from the Minister.

Sincerely,
Commissioner Steve Allan


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