Advocatus Diaboli

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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Issue 1 - Alberta News and Issues - It's Back!!!

This Just in - So Much for Honest Ed's new way of doing business...

EDMONTON - A Calgary fundraiser set for next week is offering exclusive access to Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and several of his ministers for $5,000 to help wipe out leadership campaign debts.

Tickets to a reception at Stampede Park are selling for $500 each, but a smaller `more exclusive' event is also offered for a minimum donation of $5,000.

The events are being held to raise money for Stelmach, Finance Minister Lyle Oberg, Health Minister Dave Hancock, and former cabinet minister Mark Norris, who was also a leadership contender.

An e-mail from an event organizer says both events will offer those willing to pay with an excellent opportunity to spend time with the new premier and ministers to discuss issues of mutual interest.

The premier could not be reached for comment and his spokesman referred calls to a leadership campaign official, who said such fundraisers are a reality because `there are bills that need to be paid.'

Liberal Leader Kevin Taft says this type of event should be illegal, while NDP Leader Brian Mason says this represents an enormous lapse in judgment by the new premier.

2 Comments:

Blogger Ken Chapman said...

This is so wrong. Stelmach has paid off his campaign debt. Hancock never had one and Oberg is a constant unknown - even on this issue.

Read the newspapers to keep up with the facts

10:08 PM  
Blogger Advocatus Diaboli said...

I do read the newspapers and I do read the dates at the top of the newspapers and the blogs I read.

Hence the fact that the information you have noted here happened after the date of the news articles I refer to, and the date of the newsletter in which this comment was published.

Stelmach may have paid off his campaign debt, but to who and how much was paid back in money and how much will be paid back by favours?

Oberg is in one of the most powerful positions in government, so how come no one knows who he owes money to?

9:04 AM  

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