​Ecojustice launches lawsuit against Alberta foreign funding inquiry

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Energy Minister Sonya Savage. Image: Jason Kenney/Facebook

EDMONTON - Alberta's energy minister isn't backing down from an inquiry into the foreign funding of environmental charities despite a freshly filed lawsuit against the probe.

Sonya Savage says the inquiry is long overdue and maintains its commissioner is fully independent.

The environmental law firm Ecojustice filed an application today to have the inquiry quashed.

It argues the entire effort is politically motivated, prejudges its conclusions and is outside provincial jurisdiction.

It's the latest group to raise concerns about the inquiry, from Amnesty International to law professors to non-environmental charities.

Savage says Ecojustice's application is discredited by the fact the group receives funding from outside Canada.

Ecojustice says that describes about 14 per cent of its funding.

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