Applications for standing as a Participant for Commentary closed

The Inquiry has closed its consideration of applications for standing as a Participant for Commentary as of January 13, 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.


Update on Engagement Process - January 15, 2021

The Alberta Inquiry’s Engagement Process Update, published January 13, 2021, provided certain material generated in connection with one component of the Inquiry’s overall engagement with Participants, which included reports prepared by Dr. T.L. Nemeth and Dr. Barry Cooper. 

In releasing the material both to Participants and subsequently to the public via the website, the Commissioner expressly stated that the information and opinions expressed in the reports do not represent findings or positions taken by the Inquiry, and instead are intended to provide a platform to obtain perspectives and positions on policy issues of potential interest to the Inquiry. Like all Participants, Professor Martin Olszynski was certainly free to comment on any and all opinions or positions expressed by Dr. Nemeth and Dr. Cooper in their reports, and his submissions will be given due consideration. However, while a number of topics or questions of interest to the Inquiry were raised in the Letter to Participants under which the reports were sent, matters of climate science were not among these issues, and the Commissioner has not subsequently requested any submissions on this topic.

To be clear, the Commissioner does not consider the science of climate change to be part of his mandate under the TOR, and he does not intend to make any findings of fact respecting climate science in his Final Report.


Update on Engagement Process - January 13, 2021

The Alberta Inquiry has been focused on obtaining a broad range of perspectives from the outset. There was a submissions line that has been available throughout the Inquiry and significant direct engagement has been conducted with industry groups, academics, public policy organizations, environmentalists, business and government leaders and individuals interested in the Inquiry subject matter.  In addition, as contemplated by the Alberta Inquiry Rules for Procedure and Practice, a process for engagement with Participants for Commentary was established to further inform policy recommendations that the Inquiry will make regarding the subject matter of the Inquiry.

Through this more formal process, the Inquiry invited numerous parties to apply for standing as a Participant for Commentary (including industry groups, environmental organizations, governments, think tanks and individuals who expressed interest in the Inquiry) and extended an open invitation to all interested parties to apply for standing as a Participant for Commentary, even if not specifically invited. A total of 47 people/organizations were either invited to apply or applied for standing as a Participant for Commentary, of which 11 people/organizations were granted standing (the balance did not apply for standing on the terms proposed). The phase of granting standing as a Participant for Commentary is now closed.

The Inquiry provided Participants for Commentary with a package of materials, including certain reports prepared at the request of the Inquiry:

  • Cover letter and Addendum
  • Background Report on Changes in the Organization and Ideology of Philanthropic Foundations with a Focus on Environmental Issues as Reflected in Contemporary Social Science Research.  Click here for the report.
  • Foreign Funding Targeting Canada’s Energy Sector.  Click here for the report.
  • A New Global Paradigm, Understanding the Transnational Progressive Movement, the Energy Transition and the Great Transformation Strangling Alberta’s Petroleum Industry (two connected reports).  Click here for the main report.  Click here for the supplement report.

Other content that Participants were asked to comment on included:

  • Mines, Minerals, and “Green” Energy: A Reality Check- Mark Mills.  Click here for the report.
  • False Alarm: How Climate Change Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Climate - book by author Bjorn Lomborg 
  • Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All – book by Michael Shellenberger
  • A World Class Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting System for Alberta – The Report of the Alberta Environmental Monitoring Panel.  Click here for the report.
  • “How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil - Hiroko Tabuchi” Click here to open a new window to view the external website article.
  • "EID Response to the New York Time - Jeff Eshelman" Click here to open a new window to view the external website article.
  • "A Statement on our Ethical Standards and Practices - FTI Consulting"  Click here to open a new window to view the external website statement.

The information and opinions expressed in the reports and other content provided to Participants for Commentary do not represent findings or positions taken by the Inquiry, but were given to Participants for Commentary to provide a platform to obtain perspectives and positions on policy issues of potential interest to the Inquiry. Participants for Commentary were invited to comment on certain aspects of the reports and other content, as well as to comment more generally regarding the subject matter of the Inquiry.

To date, the Inquiry has received some responses from Participants for Commentary and is awaiting further responses. 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.


Legal Framework

  • Applications for standing as Participant for Commentary closed.
  • For a copy of the Rules for Procedure and Practice, please click here (September 14, 2020)
  • For a copy of the Ruling on Interpretation of the Terms of Reference, please click here.
  • For a copy of the Terms of Reference, please click here.
  • Click here for a copy of the Public Inquiries Act.