Kenney denies political interference after removing election commissioner investigating UCP - 2019-11-22
CALGARY—Premier Jason Kenney dismissed accusations of political interference after his government turfed Alberta's election commissioner, who had been looking into allegations of wrongdoing within the United Conservative Party.
Kenney said Friday that there's "no reason" any active investigations could be in trouble after election commissioner Lorne Gibson's contract is terminated under Bill 22, which came into effect Friday.
Gibson was investigating allegations including the orchestration of a so-called kamikaze candidate during the UCP's leadership campaign. In his time as election commissioner, Gibson levied tens of thousands of dollars in fines against UCP faithful for offences ranging from illicit campaign donations to obstructing an investigation.