Sonya Savage
Alberta Minister of Energy
Assumed office
April 30, 2019
PremierJason Kenney
Preceded byMargaret McCuaig-Boyd
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Calgary-North West
Assumed office
April 16, 2019
Preceded bySandra Jansen
Personal details
Born1967 (age 54–55)[1]
Political partyUnited Conservative Party
Occupation
  • Lawyer
  • politician

Sonya M. Savage MLA is a Canadian politician who has served as the minister of energy for Alberta since April 20, 2019. A member of the United Conservative Party (UCP), she was elected following the 2019 Alberta general election to represent Calgary-North West in the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Savage has also acted as the minister of justice and solicitor general of Alberta from January 18, 2022 to February 25, 2022, while incumbent minister Kaycee Madu underwent a probe into his conduct.

Political career

Savage was elected following the 2019 Alberta general election to represent Calgary-North West.[2][3]

Minister of Energy

Savage, whose background in energy and the environment includes major projects, such as the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines and with her work as an executive of Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), was appointed Minister of Energy on April 30, 2019.[4][5] She is tasked with overhauling the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)—one of the UCP's campaign promises with the aim of implementing "shorter timelines for project approvals."[5] She was also involved in "CEPA's examination of Bill C-69, Ottawa's overhaul of how major energy projects — including oil and gas pipelines — are reviewed by the federal government."[5]

In February 2019, the previous government signed a crude-by-rail program agreement with two railway companies—and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Canadian National Railway (CNR) with a goal of reducing the Western Canadian Select price discount that has been exacerbated by the "lack of pipeline capacity". Through the four-year, $3.7-billion agreement the "province would have purchased and shipped 120,000 barrels of crude a day."[6] The New Democratic Party (NDP) government had estimated that the program would have generated "revenue of $6-billion", according to The Globe and Mail. The Kenney government cancelled the agreement shortly after taking office because the "financial risks were too high".[6]

In the first year as minister Savage negotiated with Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) Canadian National Railway (CNR) to cancel the crude-by-rail program agreement signed by the Premier Rachel Notley.[6]

In a May 20 interview on the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) podcast, Minister Savage told the podcast host, John Bavil, that Green party leader, Elizabeth May's May 6 comment that "oil is dead" was not "gaining resonance with ordinary Canadians" because Canadians need oil. "Canadians are just trying to get by."[7]: 17:06  Savage added that Canadians were "not going to have tolerance and patience for protests that get in the way of people working",[8] and that the "economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic favours pipeline construction", according to Canadian Press journalist, Bob Weber.[9] Savage told Bavil that "Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can't have protests of more than 15 people...Let's get it built."[8][9] The comment received wide media coverage.

On January 18, 2022, Premier Jason Kenney announced that Savage would serve as acting minister of justice pending the conclusion of a probe into the incumbent minister Kaycee Madu's behaviour following a traffic stop.[10]

Electoral record

2019 Alberta general election: Calgary-North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
United Conservative Sonya Savage 13,565 56.7 -2.75
New Democratic Hafeez Chishti 7,611 31.8 +2.17
Alberta Party Andrew Bradley 2,171 9.1 +3
Freedom Conservative Cam Kham 262 1.1
Liberal Prerna Mahtani 258 1.1 -3.74
Independent Roberta McDonald 69 0.3
Total valid votes 23,936
Rejected, spoiled and declined 228
Eligible voters 34,699
Turnout 69.5%

References

  1. ^ Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory - Google Books. 2011-03-28. ISBN 9781561602230. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  2. ^ "'It's Alberta': This Calgary riding has 4 candidates with UCP ties | CBC News".
  3. ^ "Alberta election: Calgary-Peigan results - Calgary". Globalnews.ca. 2019-03-17. Retrieved 2019-04-17.
  4. ^ "Ministry of Energy". Government of Alberta. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Varcoe, Chris (May 1, 2019). "New Alberta energy minister steps into cabinet's hot seat". Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Graney, Emma (October 27, 2019). "Alberta nears deal to unload crude-by-rail contracts to private sector". The Globe and Mail via the Canadian Press. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  7. ^ Green Party's Elizabeth May declares that "oil is dead". May 6, 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020. 17:06
  8. ^ a b Development, PodBean (May 20, 2020). "May 2020: Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage". CAODC (Podcast). Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Weber, Bob. "Gathering limits make it a 'great time to be building a pipeline:' Alberta minister". Canadian Press via National Post. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "Kenney strips Alberta justice minister of duties, orders probe into call to police chief over traffic ticket | Globalnews.ca". Global News. Retrieved 2022-01-18.
Alberta provincial government of Jason Kenney Cabinet post (1) Predecessor Office Successor Margaret McCuaig-Boyd Minister of EnergyApril 30, 2019– Incumbent