Former Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has been targeted since 2021 by a defamation lawsuit for his remarks on the campaign investigation ” anti-Alberta”.
Jason Kenney has failed to convince Alberta's highest court to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought by environmentalists.
Five environmental groups – Environmental Defence, West Coast Environmental Law, Dogwood Initiative, Stand.earth and Wilderness Committee – have filed a libel suit against the former Conservative premier of Alberta. The lawsuit followed the investigation into whether environmental organizations were using foreign funds and misinformation to oppose oil development in Alberta.
The Allan Commission ultimately concluded that the environmental organizations were doing nothing wrong and were simply exercising their right to free speech.
However, the five organizations believe that Mr. Kenney subsequently continued, while Prime Minister, to deliberately misrepresent the findings of the Allan Commission in his statements and on government websites.
His lawyer argued that there were no grounds for defamation because Mr. Kenney did not name the organizations in his statements.
However , the Alberta Court of King's Bench, in a judgment released Wednesday, ruled that everyone knew for a fact which organizations Mr. Kenney was talking about.
Ni Mr. Kenney and his attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment on the judgment.