Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says she doesn’t like how the federal NDP delegates came to Edmonton and voted to support the LEAP Manifesto at the NDP national convention over the weekend.
“The NDP recognizes and supports the Leap Manifesto as a high-level statement of principles that speaks to the aspirations, history, and values of the party.”
The Manifesto goes on to renounce fossil fuels, mining and the comfortable, modern way of life afforded to us by these industries. Minister Phillips tweeted out, “this business of waltzing into Alberta and expecting to have this conversation with no engagement with us is, in a word, ridiculous.”
Huh. Go figure. There are some farmers I’d like Ms. Phillips to meet. Having spent a lot of time with farmers and ranchers talking about Bill 6, I know they share the same sentiment as she does about consultation and engagement on high level issues.
I don’t believe Phillips for a second when she says she doesn't like the LEAP Manifesto. She’s made a career out of demonizing Alberta oil and gas. She even received the endorsement of Avi Lewis, one of the authors of the LEAP Manifesto. You don’t get endorsed by Avi Lewis because you have a pragmatic approach to oil and gas development. You get an endorsement from Lewis for being an anti-oil radical.
The Alberta NDP don’t like the LEAP Manifesto but not because they don’t like what’s in it. They don’t like LEAP because it shines the light on their anti-oil, anti-Alberta agenda.