May 17, 2013
Wildrose requests RCMP investigation into Sandhu case
EDMONTON, AB (May 17, 2013): In response to allegations that Edmonton-Manning MLA Peter Sandhu filed a false affidavit, Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith has sent a letter to the RCMP requesting a criminal investigation.
Sandhu recently left the governing PC caucus after media reports provided evidence that he had not reported the full extent of his business liabilities to Alberta’s ethics commissioner along with documents showing that Sandhu was in Calgary doing government work during a period which he, in a sworn affidavit, indicated that he was in India and unable to meet obligations to the court. In the letter, Smith cites Section 131 of the Criminal Code on “Misleading Justice”. Section 131 holds that an individual “commits perjury who, with intent to mislead, makes before a person who authorized by law to permit to be made before him a false statement under oath or solemn affirmation, by affidavit, solemn declaration or deposition or orally, knowing that the statement is false.” “With the significant discrepancies between evidence in the courts and the Legislative Assembly Office, we believe it is of utmost importance to ensure that this matter is investigated thoroughly to not only maintain the integrity of our legislative process, but to ensure the confidence of Albertans,” Smith said.