February 18, 2016

Another case of ethically suspect fundraising techniques from Alberta NDP?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator

The NDP have no idea how to fundraise appropriately.

Peter Bowal chairs the Occupational Health and Safety council in Alberta. It's a quasi-judicial panel that hears appeals and makes determinations in disputes between employers and employees. It's a wholly non-political role. It has to be. In about half the cases the tribunal hears, the government is the employer the panel is making findings for or against.

But there is a problem.

The NDP have been soliciting Mr. Bowal for donations. Bowal says he's never supported the NDP and has never given them any money. So how did the NDP get his email to pester him this way?

Bowal suspects the NDP used his personal contact information from his business card that he gave to NDP Jobs minister at the time, Lori Sigurdson. You may remember her from such recent NDP debacles as the mishandling of Bill 6 as well as being the NDP MLA who was out campaigning with a federal NDP candidate while Alberta bled jobs in our recent summer of pink slips.

Even worse, Bowal, who also teaches law at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, says he feels he's being pressured to donate to the NDP or he might lose his appointment on the panel.

This is what Bowal told the CBC: "There is a subtle sense that one could take from this that you might have to give money, or it helps if you give money, to the party if you want to be reappointed,"

Ethically suspect fundraising techniques are becoming standard operating practice of the NDP.

Ezra Levant covered how Rachel Notley tried to make the government swearing in into a fundraiser for the NDP way back in May of last year. Notley invited the public to come to the swearing in with a tweet that included a fundraising link. It was like they were selling tickets to a public event.

Back in November, Health Minister of the day, Sarah Hoffman had to apologize for an NDP fundraising event that appeared to be peddling access to the Premier and cabinet for $250 dollars a pop.

And last week, it appeared as though an NDP endorsed municipal candidate in Edmonton, Nav Kaur, was selling access to Environment Minister, Shannon Phillips for a cool "c note."

It took the progressive conservatives four decades to get the tentacles of their party into all aspects of governments events. The Notley NDP have done it in under a year.

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commented 2016-02-20 11:48:52 -0500
Now the conservatives need to build a honest party that will back albertans to the limit. If the federals will not listen they must also be ready to talk separation if need be!!!
commented 2016-02-19 15:42:09 -0500
After 40 years the Alberta conservatives were corrupt and entitled but it took more like only 40 days for the NDP.
commented 2016-02-19 14:11:46 -0500
We are not sheep people our brains are bigger ….so we don`t have to follow …your still allowed to form your own opinion
commented 2016-02-19 14:09:22 -0500
And I ask again… Alberta are we getting tired of this NDP thing ….even if you voted for them it`s OK to say …hey wait a minute I think I messed up … maybe we can`t change anything but don`t be afraid to voice your concerns …33% approval before the " mistake" next poll it will be under 20 %
commented 2016-02-19 13:06:38 -0500
Not so sutble pressure, ‘if you like your job……..’
commented 2016-02-19 11:42:25 -0500
This is potentially troublesome from the perspective of democracy and does not grossly misrepresent anything.

More of this please.
commented 2016-02-19 11:25:11 -0500
Barb Harris – I suspect that they are mining the voters registration listing for elections Canada. That is if you registered your email with them. I noticed that they are going to allow the use of emails now, through government departments. Which leads me to believe that Junior is going to try implementing an on-line voting system. There isn’t a chance in hell that I will ever give them my email. I think mass voter fraud is just around the corner, with the criminal liberals in power.
commented 2016-02-19 07:13:56 -0500
Sheila asks how the NDP got Mr. Bowal’s contact information. It’s a very good question even though he says he gave his business card to Lori Sigurdson. I got an email the other day, from the Alberta NDP inviting me to a $250 dinner to rub elbows with Notley and some of her cabinet ministers. I will be 65 this year and have never in my life supported the NDP. Not only that, I live in Manitoba! So how did they get my contact information? I sent a reply back and told them never to dirty up my inbox with Notley’s face again.
commented 2016-02-18 21:31:05 -0500
Everyone knows that you must be a communist party member if you want to keep your job with the politburo.
commented 2016-02-18 21:28:48 -0500
NDPeeism should be made illegal, it is detrimental to human livelihood. NDPee’s should be castrated to help stop the growth of this mental disorder.
commented 2016-02-18 20:15:20 -0500
With respect to Peter Bowal seems more like a shakedown to me.
commented 2016-02-18 19:50:45 -0500
It’s true!… About 1 year ago, I had no choice but to contact my MP, an NDP MP…. From 1 week after, I have been receiving NDP $ solicitation letters… my NDP MP took my contact info, given in confidence, and provided it to his party, without consent…. NDP sent as many as 5 begging emails per day, leading up to the last election, but it has not stopped… I still receive at least one per week…. Interesting note, the solicitation emails do not at all match NDP’s public statements.