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‘I’m innocent’: UCP MLA denies wrongdoing over fraud, forgery, bribery investigation

May 31 2019 — Emma Graney — United Conservative MLA Peter Singh says he’s innocent in an investigation for distributing gifts and inducements to voters during his nomination race. The Elections Commissioner investigation stems from a complaint to the UCP penned by four candidates who ran against Singh for the Calgary-East nomination — Andre Chabot, Jamie Lall, Issa Moussa and Matthew Dirk. […]

Crown seeks outside prosecutor to advise RCMP investigating UCP leadership race vote allegations

May 31 2019 — Emma Graney — The Crown prosecutor’s office is seeking an out-of-province prosecutor to advise RCMP investigating allegations of irregularities in the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race. On Thursday, the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service issued a statement from acting head Sarah Langley on what has been an ongoing controversy tied to the 2017 contest that saw now-Premier Jason […]

‘Unprecedented:’ Clerk of Alberta legislative assembly fired

May 25 2019 — Emma Graney — Newly appointed Speaker Nathan Cooper has fired the clerk of the legislature. Merwan Saher, who was appointed by Cooper’s NDP predecessor days before the election, was let go on Friday. Saher was replaced by Shannon Dean, who has worked in various non-partisan roles at the Alberta legislature for more than 20 years. She was acting […]

‘This law is unconstitutional’: B.C. to take Alberta to court after Kenney proclaims ‘turn off the taps’ legislation

May 1 2019 — Emma Graney — British Columbia is launching a constitutional challenge against Alberta after Premier Jason Kenney proclaimed legislation to restrict oil supplies to the western province. Kenney promised repeatedly during the election that, should the UCP win, his cabinet would proclaim Bill 12 “within one hour” of being sworn in. Neither Kenney nor his Energy Minister Sonya Savage […]

‘There are more scandals coming’: Former UCP MLA urges Kenney to clear the air

Jan 18 2019 — Emma Graney — Former United Conservative MLA Prab Gill has warned his ex-caucus colleagues of more UCP nomination scandals that could deflate the party’s chances in the upcoming election. In an email obtained by Postmedia, Gill pleaded with MLAs Wednesday afternoon to “pressure (leader) Jason Kenney into clearing the air” about the host of allegations over internal UCP […]

Calgary NDP members say voters gave false addresses in nomination race, threaten to quit party

Jan 18 2019 — Emma Graney — Disillusioned New Democrats in Calgary are threatening to quit the party if it doesn’t investigate what they say are problems that happened in a nomination race. Inderpreet Gill says he’s disappointed in the lack of concern NDP brass is showing over what he says were multiple instances of people providing false addresses during the Calgary-North […]

UCP board member and former MLA quits party citing ‘dictatorship’-like control

Jan 14 2019 — Emma Graney — Former Conservative MLA and UCP board member Ian Donovan has resigned, citing backroom deals, the party’s “dictatorship”-like control by leader Jason Kenney and party brass, and questions swirling around multiple nominations. A supporter of the United Conservative movement since its inception, Donovan wrote in an email to his colleagues on the Cardston-Siksika UCP board he […]

Kenney’s oil war room plan “juvenile”: Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel

Jan 2 2019 — Emma Graney — Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel has unveiled a tidbit of his party’s 2019 election platform specific to Alberta’s oil sector. Mandel wants to establish a division within the economic development and trade ministry to change the conversation around — and social acceptance of — Alberta’s energy industry “through a proactive, positive, and productive method that […]

Jason Kenney’s party accuses Alberta non-profit of diverting money from Tides to NDP

Dec 28 2018 — Emma Graney — The United Conservative Party has filed an official complaint with the election commissioner about Progress Alberta, a left-leaning registered political action committee. At the heart of the complaint is two monetary donations Progress Alberta received from Tides, a U.S.-based foundation. The executive director of Progress Alberta says his organization has done nothing wrong.

Premier Notley ‘pumped’ as unofficial election campaign starts at NDP convention

Oct 26 2018 — Emma Graney — When 1,000 NDP faithful gather in Edmonton Friday for the party’s three-day annual general meeting, it will mark the party’s unofficial campaign launch for the 2019 election. Premier Rachel Notley uses words like “pumped” and “excited” when she talks about this weekend’s convention; “optimistic” and “positive” get mentions too. She talks about a “celebratory” event. […]

Ethics commissioner scolds NDP MLA over Kenney trip complaint

Oct 24 2018 — Emma Graney — Alberta ethics commissioner Marguerite Trussler has cleared United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney and his colleague Prasad Panda, MLA for Calgary-Foothills, of any wrongdoing in their recent trip to India. New Democrat caucus chairwoman Heather Sweet, MLA for Edmonton-Manning, lodged a formal complaint in September, noting concerns about private aircraft travel.