Tyler Shandro's meltdown reopens debate about his Venetian blind trust - 2020-03-28
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro's epic meltdown in front of his neighbour's home last weekend allows an important debate to be reopened about the appearance of conflict of interest in political families and the weakness of Alberta's conflict-of-interest legislation with regard to politicians.
The United Conservative Party successfully shut down discussion of this problem after it was revealed Shandro and his wife, Andrea Shandro, are part owners of a supplementary health benefits company that sells coverage for services delisted by Shandro's ministry, or which the government may delist in future.
The UCP effectively ended the debate last week by making public a letter from Ethics Commissioner Marguerite Trussler stating no rules were broken by Shandro. UCP supporters also repeated still-unsubstantiated allegations Andrea Shandro received a death threat or threats as a result of the uproar on social media over her husband's ties to their business.