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Danielle In QP, October 29: Political Party Financial Contributions
The Speaker: The Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.
Ms Smith: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My thoughts are also with the families and the community as they overcome this tragedy.
Ms Smith: Turning to the business of the day, Mr. Speaker, Alberta’s reputation has been damaged. Our election financing process looks like it’s been broken by abuse. We have asked the Chief Electoral Officer to investigate the enormous and potentially illegal contribution from a single source to the government party. But even if the contribution is technically legal through a loophole in the existing law, it means the law is deeply flawed. When will the government fix it?
The Speaker: Did you wish to direct that question to anyone in particular? The hon. President of Treasury Board.
Mr. Horner: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Certainly, the Chief Electoral Officer is an officer of this Legislative Assembly, and we respect that on this side of the House a great deal. We believe that he is discharging his duties under the legislation that he has in front of him, and he’s doing a good job doing that. Of course, the party opposite doesn’t really want to talk about its own history in this regard in terms of that sort of thing. Perhaps in the 2004 election campaign, when one individual bankrolled 75 per cent of their entire political contributions for that campaign, one must wonder . . .
Mr. Anderson: Point of order, Mr. Speaker.
The Speaker: A point of order has been noted from the Member for Airdrie. The hon. Leader of the Opposition for her first supplemental.
Ms Smith: I look forward to the hon. Member for Airdrie correcting the record. Continuing on, Mr. Speaker, given that the government’s vague answers and insistence that everything is okay have done nothing to restore the public’s confidence, surely the Premier must agree that the shell game that is damaging our public’s trust has no place in our democracy.
Mr. Horner: Again, Mr. Speaker, one talks about shell games across the way. This party has followed all of the rules that are in place. We will co-operate with the Chief Electoral Officer on this matter to a T. But, again, somewhat hypocritical of the party across the way when in the 2007 by-election the same individual who bankrolled 75 per cent of their 2004 election campaign bankrolled 99.7 per cent of that party’s contributions. Incredible.
Questions about Political Party Activity
The Speaker: Hon. members, let’s be cautioned again that party matters ought not come forward in the form of questions during question period from either side. [interjection] Hon. member, please, from either side. So let’s keep this above that threshold, and I’m sure we’ll do just fine.
I invite your second supplemental, hon. leader.