EDMONTON, AB (November 8, 2012): Today, Wildrose Official Opposition Justice Critic Shayne Saskiw formally requested Alberta’s Ethics Commissioner investigate a pair of possible breaches of Alberta’s Lobbyists Act. In a letter to Neil Wilkinson, Saskiw asked for an investigation into the lobbying activities of both PC insider Joseph Lougheed and the Katz Group (click here to view the letter).
In July, Lougheed was also reported to have bought tickets to PC fundraisers on the University of Calgary’s behalf and then extra billed the school to pay for them. Violations of the Lobbyist Act carry a maximum fine of $25,000 and a two-year ban from lobbying. “After 41 years in power, the PC government no longer believes the rules apply to them, or their buddies and insiders,” Saskiw said. “The Ethics Commissioner must take a serious look at these cases and, if breaches are found, issue the stiffest penalties available. Albertans must have confidence that the rules we have in place to protect the integrity of our democratic process will be upheld.” Wildrose has led the charge in questioning the PC government on a wide range of ethical lapses, including ongoing illegal donations the PC party accepted from municipalities, post-secondary institutions and other government agencies, the hiring of PC insiders like Evan Berger to patronage posts, and various expense claim scandals. “Surely these instances of questionable lobbying won’t be swept under the rug because they involve members of the ‘government family,’” Saskiw said. “These instances merit a fair and objective investigation.”