Alberta Politics
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, temporarily also assigned to the justice portfolio (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).

While Kaycee Madu cools his jets in the political penalty box for phoning Edmonton’s police chief about a traffic ticket, it’s worth noting that acting justice minister Sonya Savage has not exactly covered herself in glory during her two and a half years as energy minister.

Touted as a high-profile oilpatch insider when Premier Jason Kenney elevated her to the important portfolio after the United Conservative Party’s 2019 election victory, Ms. Savage has overseen more political disasters during her short watch than many politicians do in a long career. 

In her defence, it’s quite possible none of the recent major embarrassments associated with the energy portfolio were her doing. They sound like things Mr. Kenney dreamed up himself. 

Still, if so, surely she had an obligation to try to stop him, or at least mitigate the damage. The suspicion that her role is more of that of a cheerleader and enabler is unavoidable. 

Consider:

  • The Alberta Energy War Room, which from its stolen logos to its War On Bigfoot to its risible attack on the New York Times, has used its multi-million-dollar budget to deliver a regular stream of embarrassments and minor scandals. But Ms. Savage, who is also a director of the “private” company, stands determinedly by the ill-starred project.
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