The Globe and Mail reports in its Tuesday edition that the commissioner leading Alberta's public inquiry into the funding of environmental charities, Steve Allan, says he is considering asking other provinces for jurisdiction that would allow him to compel witness testimony and evidence elsewhere in Canada.
The Globe's James Keller writes that the inquiry comes amid allegations that large amounts of foreign funding have contributed to a successful campaign to block new pipelines to export Alberta oil and gas. Environmentalists have dismissed the inquiry as little more than political theatre based on a conspiracy theory.
Mr. Allan's inquiry has the authority only to conduct hearings, issue subpoenas to witnesses and compel evidence in Alberta, even though many of the groups Premier Jason Kenney has held up as the main architects of the campaign against Alberta oil are located outside the province, primarily in British Columbia and Ontario.
Mr. Allan says: "We could ask another jurisdiction, probably with more success in Canada, to have our procedure recognized -- particularly if you have a friendly government. If our trail leads somewhere, we might ask the government to see if they can open the door."
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