Jason Kenney dismisses public backlash over election watchdog removal as 'misreporting' - 2019-11-22
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said any public backlash to the removal of the province's election watchdog is due to "misreporting and opposition mischaracterization" during his first public appearance since the contentious Bill 22 was introduced.
Election commissioner Lorne Gibson was removed and his independent office was dissolved on Friday as Bill 22 came into effect. The four remaining employees of the office will be transferred to Elections Alberta. Mr. Gibson had spent much of the past year investigating allegations of wrongdoing within Mr. Kenney's United Conservative Party, including claims that a "kamikaze candidate" helped Mr. Kenney win the party's leadership in 2017.
Mr. Kenney dismissed allegations from Alberta's NDP opposition that the firing constituted political interference into the investigation of the ruling party. Bill 22 was first introduced on Monday afternoon and was sped through the house for approval on Thursday.