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Canada Government bill to fire Alberta elections commissioner, roll office into chief electoral officer

01:15  19 november  2019
01:15  19 november  2019 Source:   edmontonjournal.com

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If passed and granted royal assent, Bill 22, the Reform of Agencies, Boards and Commissions and Government Enterprises Act, would see current election commissioner Lorne Gibson fired and his staff transferred to the office of Alberta’s chief electoral officer.

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That officer would be responsible for hiring a new elections commissioner to watch over campaign donation rules. There would be no obligation for the chief electoral officer or new commissioner to continue any investigations Gibson already has underway.

Grilled by reporters about the optics of the move in an embargoed news conference Monday, Finance Minister Travis Toews insisted that firing Gibson and combining the offices is purely for administrative efficiencies. The maneuver should save $1 million in the next five years, Toews said.

“(It’s) really again consistent with our greater effort to streamline government, to remove redundancies, to save Alberta taxpayers hard-earned tax dollars and to ensure that we have the most efficient, defensible structure,” Toews said. “We are doing nothing here that will undermine any current investigations that are taking place.”

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Toews said he can’t compel the chief electoral officer to continue any current, ongoing investigations because the office is independent.

Gibson’s contract was to expire in 2023.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Former UCP leadership candidate Jeff Callaway.© David Bloom Former UCP leadership candidate Jeff Callaway.

His office has levied more than $211,000 in fines against people and organizations involved with the campaign for Jeff Callaway, who ran for leadership of the UCP in 2017.

Documents leaked earlier this year showed people working on the UCP leadership campaigns for Premier Jason Kenney and Callaway for months exchanged strategy ideas, memes, advertising plans and talking points. Kenney has said he knew nothing about the communications.

The commissioner has, to date, levied 31 administrative penalties against people and organizations connected to the Callaway campaign for allegedly funneling money to Callaway to run a “kamikaze” leadership campaign against popular party leadership contender and former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean. Critics claimed the scheme was to have Callaway question Jean’s record while Kenney stayed above the fray.

The commissioner fined actors for improperly shunting others’ money to the Callaway campaign, colluding to circumvent legal political contribution limits and obstruction of an investigation.

Callaway himself has been fined for accepting donations he ought to have known were prohibited.

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