September 8, 2013 1:26 pm
Updated: September 8, 2013 1:30 pm

Levant wages Twitter war with Calgary Mayor Nenshi over city’s Pembina contract

File -- Conservative political activist Ezra Isaac Levant takes part into the Reseau Liberte Quebec meeting at the Hotel Gouverneur in Quebec CitySaturday October 23, 2010.

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CALGARY – Sun News columnist Ezra Levant engaged in a war of words Sunday with Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi over a consulting contract with the City of Calgary.

On Friday an environmental organization defended the contract with the city to help develop the city’s strategy on greenhouse gas emissions.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation said it’s inappropriate for the Pembina Institute to prepare reports because of its advocacy work.

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But Ed Whittingham, the executive director of the Pembina Institute, said his organization’s advocacy efforts are separate from its consultancy work.

He said the institute was hired because of its technical expertise.

Whittingham also said the plan put together by Pembina for the city was publicly debated.

Nenshi defended the use of the Pembina Institute, saying the contract saves taxpayers’ money because the city doesn’t have to hire more workers.

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