EDMONTON, AB (January 23, 2012): The Wildrose is calling on Premier Alison Redford to return all illegally received donations from Alberta Health Services (AHS) immediately, after an AHS board member admitted that the Superboard donated illegally to the PC party. Earlier today, the Wildrose revealed that the PC party took $4,700 in donations from Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS), a wholly owned subsidiary of AHS.
Chris Mazurkewich, the Chief Financial Officer of AHS, admitted this morning that the donations took place, were wrong and AHS would begin an internal investigation immediately. “Ms. Redford can no longer run and hide from the truth that her party has received thousands of dollars that belong to Alberta taxpayers,” Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith said. “Blaming municipalities, school boards and now her own government agencies is no longer an option, Ms. Redford is out of excuses and needs to return this money to the taxpayers of Alberta with no strings attached immediately.” Wildrose Health Critic Heather Forsyth said that with AHS admitting misappropriation of funds the PC government’s decision to close the Tom Baker Cancer Centre raises further questions over its closure. “After the money is returned this government needs to explain why cancer patient testing is being put at risk by moving lab testing to CLS,” Forsyth said. “With our health care system now involved in illegal partisan fundraising an inquiry before the next election is needed now.” For the past several weeks the Wildrose has revealed a systemic pattern of behaviour with the PCs actively soliciting and accepting illegal donations from municipalities, post-secondary institutions and local school boards. The Wildrose Caucus stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy.