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January 8, 2019

UCP calls on NDP Minister to apologize

Jason Nixon, United Conservative MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, has issued the following statement:

“The NDP government cancelled in-person consultations with Albertans concerned about the NDP’s Bighorn proposal, citing threats and intimidation.

“NDP Environment Minister Shannon Phillips specifically cited discussions with the RCMP in shutting down these important consultations with Albertans.

“In the past days, I spoke to my local RCMP detachments, who told me they were not aware of any threats. Now in a media report this morning, RCMP Alberta headquarters confirmed that they are not aware of any such threats:

“I’m not aware of anything — of any threats at all.” Constable Mike Hibbs, Media Relations, RCMP K (Alberta) Division, Calgary Herald, Jan. 8, 2019

“As we have consistently said, any intimidation, threats, or harassment is completely unacceptable. We would of course condemn any documented incidents in the strongest possible terms – but, to date, there appear to be no such documented incidents.

“This unfounded characterization and smear of our communities is unacceptable. Many affected Albertans are simply concerned about a government plan that affects them greatly and has lacked transparency from the start.

“Minister Phillips insulted our communities and needs to apologize.”

Yesterday, Nixon issued a constructive letter to Minister Phillips offering to hold joint, in-person community meetings, which he awaits a response to.