View Full Version : Alison Redford flights need RCMP probe, Alberta premier says

08-06-2014, 12:49 PM

Alberta Premier Dave Hancock is calling on the RCMP to investigate the use of government airplanes by his predecessor, Alison Redford, who resigned her seat in the legislature on Wednesday.

Hancock made the statement after reading the report by Alberta auditor general Merwan Saher that will be released to the public on Thursday.

“Based on what I have read in the report, and after seeking legal advice, as soon as the report is publicly available tomorrow, I will be directing the minister of justice and solicitor general to refer this matter to the RCMP for their review and any investigations that they consider appropriate," Hancock said in the written statement.

Earlier on Wednesday, Redford announced her resignation as member of the legislature for Calgary-Elbow in a self-penned article in Wednesday's Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal.

In a teleconference with reporters, Hancock said that Redford has done the right thing by stepping down. He said that referring the report to the RCMP is "the prudent thing to do."

“The report identifies a number of areas of concern," he said. "And I think in the interests of completeness and in the interests of being fully satisfied that everything appropriate has been done that it’s appropriate to ask that certain issues in the report be investigated.”
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Redford's latest resignation comes as Saher prepares to make public a special duty report on the expenses of Redford's office while she was premier and Alberta's Air Transportation Services Program.

Hancock received and read a copy of Saher's report on Friday. He said that he has not discussed the contents with Redford. He also declined to discuss specifics with reporters until the report is out on Thursday.

Travel expense scrutiny

Redford faced calls to resign as a member of the legislature after CBC News revealed that not all of her travel expenses were properly accounted for.

As premier, she was able to fly alone with her entourage because “false passengers” were booked on at least a dozen government flights, CBC News learned after obtaining an internal report to the government.

Redford South Africa trip
Alison Redford, who resigned as an Alberta member of the legislature on Wednesday, says she will continue working in international development and public policy. Now, the current premier wants Redford investigated by the RCMP. (CBC )

The same documents revealed that Redford gained a “personal benefit” by taking her daughter on dozens of government flights.

Alberta opposition politicians have called on the RCMP to formally investigate these allegations.

In her article in the Calgary newspaper that's headlined "It's time to start the next chapter of my life," Redford admitted that "mistakes were made along the way," but did not reference any specific allegations.

“In hindsight, there were many things I would have done differently," she wrote. "That said, I accept responsibility for all the decisions I have made.”

Derek Fildebrandt, Alberta director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, praised Redford's decision to forgo a transition allowance she's entitled to that's worth an estimated $179,000.

“She had promised never to take that, and today she has reiterated that comment, that commitment,” he said.

"A lot of us are just happy to see this nightmarish scenario maybe put behind us, pending the auditor's report tomorrow [Thursday]. Maybe things aren't as bad as we are led to believe, maybe things are worse. It's difficult to tell."

Redford says she and her family will continue to live in the province. She writes that she plans to teach and resume working in international development and public policy.

"The ideals that brought me to public life in the first place have not changed. By continuing in public service in new roles, I will look for new ways to make a contribution," Redford wrote.

Like I said earlier,, she needs some jail time,, and the Alberta PCs need to be shown the door that's the only way we will ever find out how much was really wasted.

killer kane
08-06-2014, 01:19 PM
Looks like she wants a federal lieb job. Or maybe a teaching post at the u of eh.

08-06-2014, 01:55 PM
Lets just keep hoping they dont drop the issue just because she resigned.

08-07-2014, 05:54 AM
That "estimated $179K" will probably turn into a "credit" against the "erroneous expenses".

08-07-2014, 08:42 PM
"Alberta Premier Dave Hancock is calling on the RCMP to investigate the use of government airplanes by his predecessor, Alison Redford, who resigned her seat in the legislature on Wednesday. "

It was her, it was all her. Look at her, not us. Ya, let's get the rc's to investigate "her"; not Uuusss. (translation: which cup is the ball under(but you can only have a quick glance under the redford cup))

"Redford South Africa trip" Maybe there to reapply for citizenship?