Tag: Alberta politics

Thomas Lukaszuk says $20K cell charges due to minister in distress

| August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Thomas Lukaszuk says $20K cell charges due to minister in distress

Thomas Lukaszuk apologized for cell phone bill charges Alberta Tory leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk says the reason he rang up more than $20,000 in international data roaming charges on one trip was because a cabinet minister called him in distress. Lukaszuk says the cabinet minister called him while on a personal trip to Poland and […]

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Jim Prentice proposes term limits for premier and MLAs

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Jim Prentice proposes term limits for premier and MLAs

Jim Prentice also says he would scrap automatic severance packages in government Term limits on politicians are a needed part of an overall package of reforms to improve transparency and accountability in government, says Alberta Tory leadership hopeful Jim Prentice. “It should involve turnover in our political system, bringing new people, renewal into our political […]

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Alison Redford government plane use: apologies not enough

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alison Redford government plane use:  apologies not enough

Auditor General found Alison Redford and staff used government aircraft for personal, PC party use The Alberta government is tightening rules for government aircraft following a harsh report that outlined inappropriate use of the planes by former premier Alison Redford. Finance Minister Doug Horner said that guests or family members on the planes will have […]

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McIver promises to keep Michener Centre open to current residents

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
McIver promises to keep Michener Centre open to current residents

Alison Redford government decided to close Michener Centre, move residents into community Alberta Tory leadership candidate Ric McIver says a home for people with mental and physical disabilities will not be closed if he becomes premier. McIver says he would keep a promise the government originally made to keep the Michener Centre in Red Deer open […]

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Alison Redford travel scout: business class flights, $127K salary

| August 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alison Redford travel scout: business class flights, $127K salary

Alison Redford’s travel scout Michelle Tetreault wracked up expenses totalling almost $330K Alison Redford travelled the globe when she was Alberta’s premier and so did her travel scout, forwarding photos of hotels and suites, sussing out suitable patios and restaurants and at least once advising on public toilets. Michelle Tetreault went to such locales as […]

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Two candidates in AB Tory leadership race call for debate

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Two candidates in AB Tory leadership race call for debate

Tory leadership candidates Thomas Lukaszuk and Ric McIver want televised debate Two of three candidates for the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership are calling for a public debate. Former provincial cabinet ministers Thomas Lukaszuk and Ric McIver have written a joint letter to the PC caucus that says Albertans should have every possible chance to hear from the […]

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Alison Redford expense investigation: Ontario prosecutors to work with RCMP

| August 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
Alison Redford expense investigation: Ontario prosecutors to work with RCMP

Auditor General says Alison Redford and office used taxpayer money inappropriately Alberta’s justice minister says he has arranged for prosecutors from Ontario to work with the RCMP on a review of former premier Alison Redford’s expenses. Jonathan Denis says the use of out-of-province lawyers is needed to ensure an independent investigation and remove any perception […]

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Alison Redford: Auditor says public money used ‘inappropriately’

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alison Redford: Auditor says public money used ‘inappropriately’

Alison Redford resigned as Tory backbencher on Wednesday Alberta’s auditor general says former premier Alison Redford and her office used public resources inappropriately. Merwan Saher concludes that they consistently failed to demonstrate that travel expenses were necessary and a reasonable and appropriate use of taxpayer money. He says Redford used public assets, including government aircraft, […]

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Alison Redford: RCMP to review travel, govt aircraft use?

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alison Redford: RCMP to review travel, govt aircraft use?

Premier Dave Hancock disappointed with actions of Alison Redford Alberta Premier Dave Hancock on Wednesday called for the RCMP to review the use of provincial aircraft after his predecessor Alison Redford resigned her legislature seat amid a festering controversy over her travel expenses. The developments came ahead of the release of the provincial auditor general’s […]

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Alison Redford denies personal wrongdoing in government aircraft scandal

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alison Redford denies personal wrongdoing in government aircraft scandal

PC leadership candidates weigh in on Alison Redford flight scandal Former Alberta premier Alison Redford is denying any personal wrongdoing associated with findings by the auditor general that passenger lists on government aircraft were altered so she could fly alone. Redford issued the denial via Twitter on Tuesday, noting she has not been able to read the auditor […]

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