Alberta’s so-called ‘Tobaccogate’ is back in the headlines.
British Columbia’s conflict-of-interest commissioner says a re-investigation is warranted, and he’s been asked by Alberta’s ethics commissioner to conduct it.
Paul Fraser says it’s due to “information not available to the former Alberta Ethics Commissioner” when he cleared former premier Alison Redford of any wrongdoing in 2013.
Fraser was asked by Alberta’s current ethics commissioner to determine whether the investigation should be reopened, because she is friends with two people involved in the case.
It involves Redford’s selection of a legal consortium to sue tobacco companies on behalf of Alberta when she was justice minister.
The problem is, one of the law firms in the consortium employed Robert Hawkes, Redford’s former husband and political adviser.
The Wildrose Party is describing the announcement of a re-investigation as “a positive step that should be conducted simultaneously with an RCMP investigation.” (td)