The one that hit the Alberta legislature Thursday was a classic of its kind, the first case anybody can recall of a cabinet minister defending a dubious fundraising event, and apologizing for it abjectly only seconds later.
That what Health Minister Sarah Hoffman did, after being handed a panicked note from the premier’s office.
The NDP had been caught red-handed by the Wildrose party after Premier Rachel Notley’s party advertised a chance to meet the premier and cabinet for money.
An ad on the party’s website said: “Join Premier Rachel Notley, cabinet, and MLAs for the evening to discuss issues facing the province that are important to you.”
And oh yes, bring $250. You’ll get a tax chit for $187.50.
The principle here, clearly established by Alberta’s ethics commissioners, is that party fundraising events should be presented as purely party affairs with no link to government, and certainly no hint of influence for sale.