UCP Calling For Removal of Alberta Environment Minister; Premier Says Not Going to Happen

Premier Rachel Notley and Shannon Phillips, Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks announced a proposal to create a new public land and parks area called Bighorn Country on November 23, 2018 in Edmonton. SHAUGHN BUTTS

United Conservative Solicitor General Critic, Mike Ellis says Shannon Phillips should resign over what he calls "multiple lies" on the Bighorn Country file.

Alberta's opposition United Conservatives are out for blood, setting their sights on the NDP's Environment Minister.

UCP Solicitor General Critic, Mike Ellis says Shannon Phillips should resign over what he calls "multiple lies" on the Bighorn Country file. He says if she doesn't step down, Premier Rachael Notley should remove her.

Notely was asked about that Thursday (Jan. 10) and says it's not going to happen. "The Minister has my complete support."

Ellis, who refers to Phillips as "the lying Minister" says she is no longer capable of performing her duties.

On Twitter, the Lethbridge-West MLA stated she "misspoke" Wednesday regarding the work of the RCMP concerning complaints around bullying and harassment on the Bighorn project in central Alberta. "Earlier today, I misspoke in a media interview regarding the work of the RCMP. I am aware of two complaints to RCMP that resulted in file numbers. As the RCMP confirmed today, they have received concerns from the public and do not currently have any open investigations."

Ellis contends Phillips did not misspeak, suggesting instead she propagated "extremely serious lies over a period of four days."

During a media teleconference from her Lethbridge constituency office on Wednesday, Phillips said once public safety can be ensured, she will reschedule the public information sessions in the days ahead for those communities in central Alberta. The telephone town halls, four of them, will take place next week. She also told media during that call that government staffers had lodged seven complaints of harassment after public meetings.

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