Alberta environment minister faces questions over work on protest book
WATCH ABOVE: Some critics are asking questions about Alberta’s environment minister’s ties to a book for activists. Tom Vernon explains.
EDMONTON – Alberta’s Wildrose party wants answers from Environment Minister Shannon Phillips about a how-to book on staging public protests she helped craft a decade ago.
Wildrose energy critic Leela Aheer says the book – titled ‘An Action a Day Keeps Global Capitalism Away’ – will make the business and industrial sectors even more jittery about the agenda of the new NDP government.
Phillips did not respond to questions about the book during question period, while Premier Rachel Notley dismissed the criticism as partisan mudslinging.
The book was written in 2004 by Greenpeace activist Mike Hudema and details protest actions ranging from chants and chalk drawings to blockades.
Philips co-wrote the introduction, and Hudema in the book credits her as the book’s editor, contributor, and driving force.
Notley told the house there’s a big difference between writing a book and helping with the introduction.
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