Jason Kenney's 'kamikaze candidate' controversy continues. When will Albertans care? - 2020-02-08

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F132.png Jason Kenney's 'kamikaze candidate' controversy continues. When will Albertans care? February 8, 2020, Duane Bratt, Opinion, Globe and Mail

The allegations around Jeff Callaway's campaign for the leadership of Alberta's United Conservative Party refuse to go away.

Mr. Callaway has been described as the "kamikaze" candidate after entering the race, collaborating with the campaign of eventual winner and current Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, and attacking Brian Jean, the former Wildrose Party leader; Mr. Callaway dropped out late in the race and endorsed Mr. Kenney.

The former Alberta Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson, who was effectively fired by the Alberta UCP government in November, had levied more than $175,000 in administrative fines to individuals who violated election finance laws through donations to the Callaway campaign, which included such illegalities as accepting a $60,000 corporate donation and then funneling it back to the campaign in small amounts through a number of individuals. Now, the RCMP has gotten involved, investigating the allegations of donor fraud by Mr. Callaway's campaign, as well as broader issues in the UCP leadership race, from missing voter kiosks to potential misuse of personal identification numbers, on the basis of cheating claims by former UCP members such as ex-MLA Prab Gill and donor Happy Mann.

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