A new western separatist group has warned 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg against making any defamatory statements against Alberta Oil Sand owner/operators, employees, and investors when she would be visiting the province.
Wexit Alberta, part of the Wexit Movement (Western Exit) which was founded in June this year, has opposed Thunberg’s visit.
Thunberg announced on Twitter a few days ago that she is planning to visit Alberta after a few days of rest in the US. Calgary Councillor Diane Colley-Urquhart invited her to address council during her stay. She said she wanted Thunberg’s “input and advice on how we engage Calgarians in this climate discussion”.
“While we are disappointed that elected municipal officials in Calgary, Alberta have offered to facilitate 16-year old European environmental agitator Greta Thunberg’s protest of Alberta’s Oil Sands, we wish to inform Ms. Thunberg of Canadian law regarding Defamatory Libel — An offence under Section 298(1) of the Criminal Code,” said Wexit Alberta in a press release.
The group warned that Thunberg’s age won’t shield her from the Canadian law.
“Because Ms. Thunberg is 16 years old, under Canada’s Youth Criminal Justice Act, she or any other person between the age of 12-17 are held liable for any criminal behaviour — although not to the same standard as an adult 18 years of age or older,” it said.
“While Wexit Alberta opposes admission of Greta Thunberg and her colleagues to our country on the grounds of suspected subversion of Alberta’s economy, we urge her to obey Canadian law, and publish only truthful information about Alberta’s Oil Sands, while refraining from libel against Alberta Oil Sand owner/operators, employees, and investors. Our team will monitor Ms. Thunberg’s statements closely, and report any suspected violations to the appropriate law enforcement authorities,” it said.
Wexit Alberta describes itself is a political organisation of indigenous and non-indigenous committed to economic liberty, social stability and Alberta sovereignty.