Greg Clark asks Ethics Commissioner, Elections Alberta to investigate CDLC lobbyist connection to NDP
Posted on December 16, 2016 by James Teterenko
CALGARY, AB - Alberta Party Opposition Leader Greg Clark has found that the Calgary and District Labour Council (CDLC) is a registered Lobbyist at the same time as they are renting office space from the Alberta NDP. He has written to both the Ethics Commissioner and to Alberta’s Chief Electoral Officer to ask them to investigate.
“At best it creates a perception in Albertans’ minds of preferential access to the governing party,” said Clark. “I’ve asked both the Ethics Commissioner and the Chief Electoral Officer to determine if it is a breach of any provincial legislation.”
Clark has asked if the relationship between the CDLC and the Calgary and Area New Democrat House Society contravenes the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act, the Conflicts of Interest Act or if CDLC disclosed their relationship with the Alberta NDP at the time of their application to become a registered Lobbyist.
“Albertans expect political parties and the government to behave ethically and to not give one person or group undue influence. The fact CDLC is a registered Lobbyist while having a close connection to the NDP tarnishes the political process in the minds of Albertans and could be against the law.”