In other words--in Alberta --it is lawful for a regulatory agency that is in charge of the oil industry to do whatever the heck it wants to do and citizens cannot sue them.
Alberta woman loses round in anti-fracking lawsuit
Jessica Ernst has launched a $33-million lawsuit against the Alberta government, the province’s energy regulator and energy company Encana.
Photograph by: Leah Hennel , Calgary Herald
What does this say about the state of democracy in Alberta?
I'd say its in a terrible state.
Citizens must be given the right to sue the government and the energy regulator when it has failed its duties towards the citizens for whatever reason.
It is doubtful that most citizens will sue the government since most citizens are cowed, afraid and do not have a limitless public purse to utilize to make such legal cases.
But when the citizen has been impacted and has a case, why would they not be allowed to do this matter? In this case, the constitutional rights of Ms. Ernst were impacted as noted by the judge and yet no--problem--what the heck?
The government of Alberta and its regulatory agency can walk over our constitutional rights and you are all going to stay silent about this?
Or are you all so burned out that you are just waiting for the next election?
This sort of high handed corruption of the role of government must not be tolerated by citizens.
We are given constitutional rights that we exercise at our own risk in Alberta.
Then to have the added slap on the face --of knowing that these constitutional rights that we bravely exercise can be ignored by the AER and the government of Alberta without any sort of punishment or discipline--and we are to accept this?
I'd say no.
I'd say we need to yap to the government to ensure that we do have the sort of democratic government and oversight by a regulatory agency that is required for Albertans and not this Putin type immune governance.
Why are there no folks in the legal community commenting on the decision by this judge? Why are there no lawyers indicating that the legislation that allows the AER to walk over our constitutional rights is in fact--unconstitutional?
Are you all silent because you understand fully that we have been outmaneuvered and there is nothing to do until the next election?
When will you all see that it's not just about fracking--it is about information control, the subversion of the truth into lies, the failure of our government to represent us in favor of supporting the oil industry--and yes--their utter betrayal when rural Albertans have been harmed significantly by the mistakes or negligence of big oil?
When will you all see that this is about democracy?
And what will we do when our aquifers are contaminated?
Heck they may already be contaminated. Where are the water testing results?