Alberta NDP Ethics Faux Pas

There’s nothing in politics like a good free-for-all over party fundraising.

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.

  • Alain

    The concept of ethics is alien to the Left, which in Canada includes the NDP, Liberals and Greens.

  • BillyHW

    But Mike Duffy!

  • simus1

    Keeping two sets of books is necessary when your party is also the government. The NDP usually has a problem with this concept due to very little experience as a governing entity. One must be for political contributions and fundraisers to the benefit of the party. The other book is for “more informal arrangements” with family, friends, gift givers, and grateful rent seekers .

  • Exile1981

    less than 6 months and already openly taking bribes.

    • They move fast.

      • Exile1981

        I knew in girl in college like that…. now she volunteers for NDP in Alberta and is a university prof.

        • It still makes me sick that idiots are in positions of power over normal people.

          • Exile1981

            It’s going to get mu wore before it gets better.

          • Yep.