Ewart: Sharp criticism of energy regulator’s chairman an unresolved issue for notley – Calgary Herald

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Ewart: Sharp criticism of energy regulator’s chairman an unresolved issue for notley – Calgary Herald

by ahnationtalk on June 15, 2015398 Views

June 13, 2015

“I am appalled by this inside job appointment … how can we trust Mr. Protti’s independence, objectivity and judgment?” – Rachel Notley, NDP environment critic, April 2013.

“The new regulator has an obligation to Albertans to protect our water and our air and land and to trust and ensure our oil and gas development is sustainable. Albertans need to trust that’s happening and that’s not going to happen when we appoint someone as closely tied to the industry as Protti.” – Notley, April 2013.

Rachel Notley went out of her way to criticize Gerry Protti’s appointment as chairman of the Alberta Energy Regulator by the Conservative government two years ago and since her election victory last month, Premier Notley is now his boss.

Six weeks into the New Democrats’ mandate from Alberta voters, Protti is still in his job. Given it’s the prerogative of any new government to ensure the top public servants are aligned with its vision — and dismiss those who aren’t — his job security is another matter.

Read More: http://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/ewart-sharp-criticism-of-protti-as-aer-chairman-an-unresolved-issue-for-notley

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