AIRDRIE, AB (March 31, 2014): Former Infrastructure Minister Wayne Drysdale must clarify his role in the construction of former Premier Alison Redford’s personal penthouse suite after giving contradictory public statements, Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson said. When news of the 11th floor Federal Building penthouse suite broke last week, Drysdale suggested his office had ordered work on the project to stop as of November 15, 2012.
However, in media reports today, Drysdale defended the suite, calling media coverage of it “overblown,” and said the Premier’s Office proceeded with the project under his watch. “If your boss says they will handle it, you let them handle it,” Drysdale is quoted as saying. Anderson said Drysdale’s conflicting accounts of his role in the penthouse project only adds further confusion to the issue. “On one hand, we have Minister Drysdale attempting to take credit for having the penthouse project stopped and on the other, he’s defending it as a legitimate use of tax dollars and saying he stepped aside while the Premier’s Office took the lead,” Anderson said. “Minister Drysdale has to clarify what exactly happened under his watch before we can begin to make sense of how this ridiculous project was allowed to proceed.”