April 18, 2012 (Calgary, AB): An employee from St. Michael’s School in Calgary has come forward, under the promise of anonymity for fear of reprisal, with information that the PC candidate for Calgary-Currie, Christine Cusanelli, is abusing her position as school principal to support her campaign.
Cusanelli has been seen actively campaigning on school property, even sending students home with PC election material, including Cusanelli lawn signs. Cusanelli has also been seen using the school photocopier to produce election material. Not only are schools clearly defined as “prohibited corporations” under the Elections Act (http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?page=E02.cfm&leg_type=Acts&isbncln=9780779730315), but this kind of intimidating and inappropriate politicking by a person in a position of authority is very upsetting to parents and St. Michael’s employees. The outrage from parents does not end there. Cusanelli has reportedly asked school staff to help lobby Sudanese parents to vote for her on April 23rd. “I am saddened that an educator, who is entrusted with the unbiased education of our children, would blatantly abuse her position for political gain at the expense of her students,” said Wildrose Candidate for Calgary-Currie, Corrie Adolph. “It’s just one more reason why Albertans are tired of the PCs – they think the rules don’t apply to them.” Once again, the PCs are clearly abusing their positions and see nothing wrong with using the taxpayer’s dime to fund their campaign activities. On Monday, a principal from Millarville School sent students home with a politically charged letter in which he encourages parents to support the Redford PCs. Rather than condemn this principal’s abuse of his position, and his obvious misuse of taxpayer dollars to fund a PC-campaign letter, Alison Redford said, “I am so glad he is supporting us,” in a media availability earlier today. Once again, Albertans are footing the bill for the illegal use of their tax dollars in order to support the Redford PCs. What more needs to happen before the Redford PCs will understand that it is not only wrong, but illegal to use taxpayer dollars to fund their political party? From the last few days, it is clear that a pattern of corruption is emerging where PC candidates and supporters think nothing of abusing their positions to try and get ahead in the polls. Yesterday, Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith called on the PCs to return every illegally obtained penny they are using to fund their campaign. Redford has yet to respond. Wildrose’s Alberta Accountability Act will restore honesty and integrity to government and bring an end to the PC culture of corruption. Wildrose will put parents and students – not PC politicians – first. Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.