Inquiry into alleged anti-Alberta energy campaigns doesn’t have time to fact-check, commissioner says | CBC News

Inquiry into alleged anti-Alberta energy campaigns doesn’t have time to fact-check, commissioner says | CBC News
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A year after Alberta launched an inquiry to investigate “foreign-funded special interests” spreading misinformation about the province’s energy industry, the commissioner leading it says his team doesn’t have the time or resources to prove whether particular statements are misleading or false.

On Monday, in an update to the terms of reference that changes the scope of the Public Inquiry Into Funding of Anti-Alberta Energy Campaigns, commissioner Steve Allan wrote that he doesn’t have the time or resources for the “colossal undertaking” it would be to fact-check any claims.

“In many, if not most, cases evaluation of whether a statement made in opposition to the development of Alberta’s oil and gas resources is ‘misleading or false’ is an enormous task, and impractical for the…



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