UCP executive director takes aim at Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Twitter; chamber CEO weighs in

The executive director of the United Conservative Party took to Twitter on Tuesday night to criticize the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

“When Calgary businesses are struggling, it’s a genuine shame the chamber is focused on nothing but stroking their own vanity with downtown elites.”

Tennant’s tweet has since been taken down.

“It’s not constructive,” said Sandip Lalli, the chamber’s president and CEO, on Wednesday.

“We’ve not responded nor are we going to because we really need to be on our front foot looking for solutions to say, ‘How do we move forward?’

“This isn’t just a provincial issue, right? Federally, we have to be connected and each province has to be connected on the voice of: what is our vision strategy for our natural resources and fighting climate change? It’s all underpinned with innovation.”

Opposition Leader Rachel Notley took Premier Jason Kenney to task for Tennant’s tweets during question period in the legislature on Wednesday, arguing that such statements from the UCP cost jobs.

Kenney did not directly comment on Tennant’s tweet, instead stating that rail blockages in Canada have created an unfriendly situation for investment.

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