Victoria’s mayor will be heading to Alberta in late April to visit the oilsands near Fort McMurray.
The news was announced on Wednesday by Calgary Coun. Ward Sutherland, who issued an invitation on Twitter for Victoria city council members to visit Alberta to learn about the “ethical oil & gas industry and our environmental initiatives.”
. @cityofvictoria, I have a challenge for you.
I’m inviting you to come down to #yyc to learn about #ab ethical oil & gas industry and our environmental initiatives.
#yyc #yyjpoli @MarianneAlto @laurel_bc @deardubow @Ben_Isitt @JeremyLoveday @SarahPottsH @Chartj88 @lisahelps pic.twitter.com/TjQGXfBnuZ
— Ward Sutherland (@Ward4Ward1) January 31, 2019
The invitation was issued after city council endorsed a class action lawsuit against oil and gas companies. The motion authorizing the endorsement also asked staff to track costs incurred by the City of Victoria in relation to climate change. The motion will be brought up at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM).
Sutherland said the mayor will make the trip to Calgary and then to the oilsands on April 26 and will be coming with an “open mind”
Helps confirmed she will be going on the trip.
With files from The Times Colonist