Premier Redford's Sister Expensed Public for Tory Party Events: Documents

By Bennett, Dean | The Canadian Press, November 19, 2012 | Go to article overview

Premier Redford's Sister Expensed Public for Tory Party Events: Documents


Bennett, Dean, The Canadian Press


Redford's sister billed public for party

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EDMONTON - Documents show the sister of Alberta Premier Alison Redford used her position as a health board executive to attend and hold Progressive Conservative party events on the taxpayers' dime.

There was money for liquor, travel, hotels, flowers and bug repellent.

Wildrose party Leader Danielle Smith, while releasing the documents Monday, said a bigger investigation is needed since Lynn Redford and those who signed off on those expenses remain executives with Alberta's health superboard.

"We've got the same people in positions today who exercised this lack of judgment, and they need to be called to account," Smith told a news conference at the legislature.

Smith said the case bridges the two scandals of health officials abusing their expense accounts -- such as former Edmonton health region chief financial officer Allaudin Merali -- with public institutions delivering government grant and operating money to the PC party.

"This connects with the broader story of repeated instances of illegal activity in giving donations to a partisan political party from taxpayer dollars," said Smith. "We want to know how widespread that problem is."

Premier Redford, appearing on CTV's political program "Power Play," pointed out that the accusations go back to a time when Ralph Klein was premier and she wasn't even an elected MLA yet.

She suggested the criticism consists of a few "excited allegations" that will be clarified in the next few days.

"I have confidence in my sister," she said.

The Wildrose and the NDP kept up the attack during question period, which prompted a sharp reply from deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk.

"While the government has been focusing on delivering good health care in this province, while this government has been focusing on working with agriculture during a time of disaster (meat recall crisis) not too long ago, these bottom feeders have only been pouring through receipts and hoping to find something scandalous," Lukaszuk told the house as shouts erupted on both sides.

The Wildrose party obtained the documents under freedom of information rules. The papers pertain to Lynn Redford's spending while she was government relations adviser to the now-defunct Calgary Health Region from 2005 to 2008.

The Calgary region and all other regions were folded into one giant superboard in 2009. Lynn Redford is currently the vice-president in charge of special projects for the Alberta Health Services, or AHS, superboard.

The documents show $3,448 worth of party spending by her. Public institutions are forbidden from spending money on partisan political activities.

The expenses included $220 for two nights in a hotel for a Tory convention in 2005.

There was $894 in mileage and parking to attend PC fundraisers, barbecues and a golf tournament.

In 2007, Lynn Redford claimed more than $500 to put on a barbecue for Tory MLAs, including almost $400 for liquor, other drinks and bug repellent. …

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