Kenney Criticizes Foreign Funding While Lobbying for Foreign Funding From American Hedge Funds, Banks
Conservative hypocrisy strikes again.
Jason Kenney is currently travelling America pitching Alberta as a destination for foreign investment, while his government conducts a high-profile investigation into foreign funding of Alberta’s environmental movement.
In a campaign-style video released on social media, Kenney explains his trip and calls on foreign groups like hedge funds, private equity firms to invest and “come back to Alberta.”
Looking forward to spreading the news about the Alberta Advantage to top investors on Wall Street next week.— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) September 15, 2019
Will be taking that message to the US Midwest, and the business leaders at Canadian Chamber of Commerce. ???? pic.twitter.com/xo4gkSxPdD
The timing comes at an awkward moment for Kenney as he ramps up his rhetoric against the perceived issue of foreign funding in Alberta’s oil sector.
Experts have pointed out foreign funding is rampant in Alberta, with the government providing opportunities for foreigners to invest in Alberta.
Calgary Economic Development also links to Alberta Government sites for funding to help you get MORE FOREIGN FUNDING!— Sandy Garossino (@Garossino) July 5, 2019
Now their chair is running a government inquisition–into FOREIGN FUNDING!
This whole thing is a vast conspiracy–so crazy you can’t make it up!#cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/Z3ZSy1LkYO
Another social media user pointed out foreign-funded businesses like Enbridge appear to be running their own campaign to persuade Albertans.
Well this is awkward for Jason Kenney! He’s launched an inquiry into “foreign-funded” campaigns against Alberta’s oil industry. But it turns out that Alberta’s oil industry is funding at least one secret, fake “grassroots” campaign in the US #ableg #abpoli https://t.co/LcBigZmQ9c— Gil McGowan (@gilmcgowan) July 10, 2019
Albertans have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure over Kenney’s actions.
You should report yourself for unalbertan activity for not using your gas furnace. To not use fossil fuels at every opportunity is unalbertan and unsupportive of the fossil fuel industry. #reportanalbertan #ableg #abpoli— Handmaids For Kenney (@HandmaidAlberta) September 10, 2019
.@jkenney Not just politically engaged Albertans think that the you’re paranoid about the “foreign funded” attack on our oil. Now experts and jurists voice their concerns about your taxpayer funded political witch hunt. https://t.co/PghTUTiSqy #AbLeg #cdnpoli— Thomas A. Lukaszuk (@LukaszukAB) September 13, 2019
Recently the world-renowned human rights group Amnesty International criticized Kenney’s energy war room, saying it “undermines and violates a range of Alberta’s human rights obligations, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and international law.” Kenney announced he would use government resources to create a rapid response “war room” to counter attacks on Alberta’s oil industry.
Kenney has faced escalating controversies over how he’s dealt with protestors and free speech. A PressProgress story highlighted how Kenney believed jailing of protestors was “instructive” on how to deal with environmentalists.