April 11, 2015
Wildrose Calls in Auditor General to Investigate if PCs Hiding Gov't Contracts
EDMONTON, AB (April 11, 2015): The Wildrose is calling on the Auditor General to investigate whether the legally required government disclosure of contracts (the Blue Book) is accurate.
Multiple freedom of information requests confirm Enzo Development Inc. was hired for a $21 million sole-source contract during the 2013 floods to deliver modular classrooms to High River and Calgary. The contract was completed with some controversy.
The Blue Book which is required to disclose all government vendors who receive more than $10,000, only records $1.3M in payments to Enzo. Almost $20M in payments have not been disclosed as required by the Financial Administration Act.
“This sole sourced contract attracted a lot of negative attention. Now it isn't disclosed where it should be. What other contracts haven't been disclosed?" Wildrose Leader Brian Jean asked. “There’s no government in Canada that is more secretive, entitled and arrogant. In stark contrast the Wildrose will stand up for more transparent government and put an end to secrecy and cronyism.”
"Just last month, Premier Prentice played some strange games to make sure the Auditor General did not get the budget he deserved. Now we see the government disclosure is strangely incomplete," Jean said. "Albertans deserve to be assured that there aren't secret contracts being doled out."
On May 5, Albertans have an important choice to make: a vote for higher taxes, higher spending and less services, or a vote for the Wildrose - a party dedicated to no tax increases, and a positive vision for jobs, growth and prosperity. The only way to stop your taxes from going up is to vote Wildrose.