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NDP want energy war room scrapped, calls it a waste of money

Last Updated Jan 7, 2020 at 11:27 am MDT

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Alberta’s opposition party wants the province’s energy war room dismantled.

Calgary-McCall NDP MLA and Energy Critic Irfan Sabir spoke in the legislature Monday morning asking for the removal of the Canadian Energy Centre.

The $30-million-a-year initiative was created by the United Conservative government to combat misinformation about Alberta’s oil and gas sector.

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However, the Alberta NDP and Sabir are calling the centre a waste of money and a slush fund with no transparency.

Sabir added he has no problem with defending Alberta’s energy industry but the issues that have already blanketed the energy war room are enough to change the initiative.

The Canadian Energy Centre has faced controversy since launching last month for using the term reporters when referring to employees who speak to the public.

The centre also changed its logo after discovering it was copied from a software firm in the U.S., and there have been questions whether the new logo infringes on another company.