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'Anti-Alberta' investigation mired in controversy

Allegations of cronyism, climate denialism and conspiracy theories have dogged an Alberta inquiry into alleged foreign funding of critics of its oil and gas sector. Where does Premier Jason Kenney go from here?
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

In the summer of 2019, newly elected Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said he was determined to blow the lid off of what he called a "shadowy," foreign-funded campaign to crush Alberta's oil and gas industry. He mentioned Russia, OPEC and the Rockefeller Foundation as possibly playing a role. And he announced an inquiry to get to the bottom of it.

But three delays and $3.5 million later, evidence of a shady international campaign has yet to materialize. And the still-ongoing inquiry has been mired in allegations of cronyism, climate denialism and conspiracy theories.

Jennie Russell and Charles Rusnell — investigative reporters with CBC Edmonton — join us to explain how the inquiry into "anti-Alberta energy campaigns" started and how it's going.

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