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Unclear whether inquiry's report into Alberta oil and gas foes will meet deadline

Last Updated Jan 29, 2021 at 12:40 pm MDT

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, centre, addresses attendees at a press conference to announce the launch of the Canadian Energy Centre at SAIT in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Fulmes

CALGARY – A spokesman for Alberta’s inquiry into the funding of oil and gas industry critics is not confirming whether its report will be handed in by the Sunday deadline.

Alan Boras said there will be an update when there is information to share and that commissioner Steve Allan’s work is ongoing.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and his United Conservative government contend foreign interest has long been bankrolling campaigns against fossil fuel development in the province.

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Allan, a forensic accountant, was tapped to lead the $2.5-million public inquiry in 2019.

Allan’s report was initially due last July but was given two extensions and a $1-million budget increase.

Energy Minister Sonya Savage must publish the final report within 90 days of receiving it.