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Commissioner probing election contribution allegations


August 7, 2019  


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Alberta’s election commissioner is probing allegations that Jason Kenney and his campaign team may have solicited contributions in kind which amounted to more than $20,000 — accusations which, if true, could violate election laws in the province.

In a July 30 email, obtained by Star Edmonton, Dave Jennings, an investigator with the commissioner’s office, told Tariq Chaudhry that he wanted to speak with him regarding his complaint that “(Kenney) had you buy UCP memberships and put on events that were not properly paid back or claimed/expensed.”

“I’ve recently been assigned a file relating to your complaint to our office regarding Jason Kenney’s campaign(s) in 2017 and 2018,” Jennings told the Star.

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The office doesn’t comment publicly on specific investigations but is an independent body tasked with enforcing election laws in Alberta.

The allegations have not been proven in court but the allegations could amount to a violation of elections laws in Alberta, which state that donations in kind that directly benefit a leadership contestant must be reported as an expense or contribution.

In December, when Chaudhry’s allegations first surfaced, the UCP told Postmedia that they “strongly reject the allegations.”

(Star Edmonton)