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Illegal donations scandal hits Premier's constituency association

EDMONTON, AB (May 30, 2012): Today in Question Period, Wildrose Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw revealed another incident of the PCs allegedly receiving up to $4,000 in illegal donations, with up to $1,800 given to Premier Alison Redford’s PC constituency association in Calgary-Elbow.

The document, obtained under Freedom of Information laws, can be found here. Saskiw will be asking the Chief Electoral Officer to begin an investigation into the donations to the PC party contained in the disclosure. “The evidence of this government’s undemocratic and unethical behavior continues to pile up,” Saskiw said. “The government continues to act as though the laws they themselves have written do not apply to them. I am calling on the Chief Electoral Officer to investigate these allegedly illegal donations to Premier Redford’s constituency.” The Premier, the Government House Leader Dave Hancock, and Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk all also confirmed that the Chief Electoral Officer is free to reveal the results of his investigations, which until today the government said he could not do. In encouraging Saskiw to take the matter to Elections Alberta, Lukaszuk said he should “file it with the Chief Electoral Officer, who will, again, investigate it and report it if he feels it’s appropriate to do so.” Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith said Wildrose will follow up with the Chief Electoral Officer, given the government’s about-face on his power to reveal investigation results. “We will be asking him to reveal the names of all offenders, the political party that they have donated to, and the penalty that they’ve received,” Smith said. “Albertans deserve full transparency on any kind of illegal activity from political parties.”