The Alberta government has quietly appointed a new deputy minister in the Office of Climate Change. This shiny new bureaucrat is Eric Denhoff, a green energy businessman from BC. Yes, another one from BC.
Why do we care?
Eric Denhoff was the “arm’s length” mediator hired just a few months ago to come up with the Alberta government's strategy to cope with declining Woodland Caribou populations.
He’s the author of recommendations that were fully adopted by the Ministry of Parks and Environment, the same ministry he now works for.
One of those recommendations called for setting aside another 1.8 million hectares of land for protection as Woodland Caribou habitat.
One problem: according to the government’s own information, a good portion of that land is NOT Woodland Caribou habitat so why would anyone recommend that land be protected?
That land is valuable for oil and gas development and the NDP just couldn’t have that.
The Caribou Communities of Alberta are in economic limbo. They don’t know what these new protections mean for their towns and they say they weren’t consulted. It was Eric Denhoff that was supposed to be doing the consulting.
But no matter. For his good service to the NDP and not the stakeholders, Eric Denhoff got a fancy new job managing the Office of Climate Change.
The NDP job creation strategy is all about rewarding activists from BC for doing their dirty work.