Alberta

UNITED CONSERVATIVE PARTY TOOK FEDERAL BAILOUT TO KEEP LIGHTS ON WHEN EVEN SOME OF THEIR MLAs WOULDN’T DONATE

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UNITED CONSERVATIVE PARTY TOOK FEDERAL BAILOUT TO KEEP LIGHTS ON WHEN EVEN SOME OF THEIR MLAs WOULDN’T DONATE

EDMONTON – Four United Conservative Party MLAs did not give a dime to their party and instead relied on Canadian taxpayers to foot the bill, new documents reveal.

The fourth-quarter financial reporting from Elections Alberta indicates four members of the Jason Kenney UCP Caucus did not donate a single dollar to the party. Meanwhile, the UCP accessed a federal bailout program to help pay for their political party staff salaries and election debt.

Every single NDP MLA contributed to their party and the NDP did not access federal bailout funding during the pandemic. 

“It appears that the UCP is having trouble convincing their own electeds to support their scandal ridden, divisive, and failed political agenda,” said NDP Edmonton-Glenora MLA Sarah Hoffman. “This failure to get support from his own MLAs likely explains why Jason Kenney asked Canadian taxpayers to bankroll his party. He exploited a loophole in the program to get the money, and now all Canadians were forced to contribute to his party, whether they agree with the UCP or not.”

The UCP MLAss who did not donate to the UCP were:

  • Drew Barnes, MLA for Cypress Medicine Hat,
  • Richard Gotfried, MLA for Calgary-Fish Creek,
  • David Hanson, MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake-St.Paul
  • Jeremy Nixon, MLA for Calgary-Klein,

“Do these MLA’s support Jason Kenney?” Hoffman questioned. “Do they still take pride in being members of the UCP? Why should Canadian taxpayers have to pay off UCP debts when UCP MLAs won’t even contribute themselves?”

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