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Alberta energy minister defends war room petition attack on children's Bigfoot movie

Last Updated Mar 16, 2021 at 7:22 pm MDT

EDMONTON — Alberta’s energy minister is defending her government’s attack on a children’s movie about Bigfoot, calling its anti-oil message inaccurate and “quite offensive.”

WATCH: Alberta’s war room is battling Netflix over a children’s movie about Bigfoot

Sonya Savage also says it’s critical to push back constantly against any false narrative that casts Alberta’s wellspring industry in a negative light.

Savage is referring to a petition campaign recently launched by the United Conservative government’s so-called “war room” against the animated movie “Bigfoot Family” put out by the streaming giant Netflix.

The film features talking animals and a domesticated Bigfoot character battling an oil magnate who is seeking to blow up an Alaskan wildlife preserve in order to gain easier access to petroleum.

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The war room, known formally as the Canadian Energy Centre, is urging followers to send messages to Netflix saying the movie is “brainwashing our kids with anti-oil and gas propaganda.”

The Opposition NDP says picking public fights over children’s movies is a waste of public money and only serves to embarrass the province.