Friday , June 25 2021

Braid: To Kenny, even scandal proves the greatness of the UCP



UCP leader Jason Kinney

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Jason Kenney does not need provocation to trumpet the success of his United Conservative Party. It will even use the charge of misconduct in the nomination battle participant.

Asked about these charges, rising from the destination Calgary East, Kenny has suggested that this is the price, a great political success.

With lots of people working on many nominations and a whiff of power in the air, you have to get a bad apple or two, is not it?

Kinney could win the competition at the top of Hanukkah party. He's a great cook.

But his argument also happens to be true, in a general way. Average fraudster does not appeal to the idea of ​​four years in opposition.

Kenny said executive director of the party, Janice Harrington, investigates allegations of appointment of Calgary East. Counsel party is also involved.

"One sanction to remove the candidate," said Kinney.

Harrington does not say, but we know that the party was aware of the allegations for some time, and hoped that they can be solved without all this dirty advertising.

But these claims were leaked to Postmedia Thursday. They came with two sworn affidavit from people who say they have approached the company for eventual winner Peter Singh and offered incentives to vote for him at a meeting of the nomination.

United Conservative Party candidate for Calgary East, Peter Singh is shown in a recent photo, supplied by UCP Postmedia 6 December 2018. Available / UCP

NDP quickly jump. Deputy Prime Minister & # 39; er Sarah Hoffman said that the police should investigate allegations of a woman that her credit card was used to buy a membership in the party without her knowledge. Hoffman called it a potential fraud.

In the affidavit, Roy Thomson and Scott Burrell said that they offered 20 percent of the work done in the automobile Singh, or $ 75 available if they voted for him.

Both said that they refused. Thomson added that when he went to the room on the nomination of the night, the same man flashed a $ 100 bill and told that his last sentence.

It is important to note that these allegations have not been proved. In addition, in both cases, it was not Singh himself who made the alleged offer, but people believed that his company.

Singh denied that his company had done nothing wrong. He says that this is a typical sour grapes on the allocation of the losers. The party would not be surprised if it's all over the court.

From the point of view of the party, this grape is not only sour – they go rancid. And they & # 39; appear at the beginning of a real political season.

Legislative stopped on Thursday, clearing the way not for internal political struggle before the elections in the spring.

Next to the last moment, Calgary MLA Prab Gil, who came out of caucus OGPA after a report found that it removed the wrong ballots in the category, throws up another shot at his old party.

He said that Kenny has used $ 40,000 in questionable money PAC attack Brian Jean in the competition guide the UCP.

Gil also claimed that, contrary to post a retired judge Ted Carruthers, he was not guilty of rigging the vote-charge.

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These people are beginning to remind me of the later life of the PC, who spent his last six months, the government sniper one by one, to the disastrous election night in 2015.

In the case of Calgary East, four out of five losing candidates signed a letter claiming that the infringement on the part of Singh «include fraud, forgery, improper inducement and bribery."

Subscribers included Jamie Lall, who was part of the endgame PC noise and Andre Chabot, a former Ward 10 councilor and mayoral candidate.

They also gave the party with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of nearly 150 people who claim they were offered gifts and other incentives.

Four signatories profess to be nervous about bad publicity for the party and themselves.

"With the situation on the border of the transformation of the public knowledge, we do not want to be regarded as involved in the case."

They are asked Singh to be removed as a candidate in Calgary-East.

A few days later, all the information is in the public domain.

Just like old times.

Column Don Braid regularly with & # 39 is in the Bulletin

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