November 07, 2016

Notley NDP find NEW way to stonewall on FOI requests: What’s she hiding?

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

The Alberta Government is stonewalling the Rebel’s Freedom of Information requests, but in a different way than usual.

On April 26, 2016, we asked for “any documents showing any costs associated with the proposal, development, marketing and cancellation of the job creation incentive program, since May 5, 2015."

We wanted to know about the costs of the NDPs jobs grant program that never created one job before being unceremoniously cancelled.

We also filed a freedom of information request on June 16, 2016 for “all moving expenses charged by staff in the premier’s office to move to Alberta since May 5, 2015.”

Then came the stonewalling and delays from the government. We got some documents but not all. We appealed and the FOIP Commissioner, tasked with making sure the government follows its own rules, determined we should have those documents in our hands by October 14, 2016.

We still don’t have them. Why are they doing this?

It’s because we keep finding some really terrible stuff about the NDP in these documents - stuff the NDP never wanted to have seen in the light of day.

We want to know what they're hiding.

In the past, like with our investigation into the bungled water bomber contracts, the NDP used a paywall to keep the documents away from us. Just to see those damning documents they handed us a $4,000 bill. They never thought a little network like the Rebel would pay, but at the Rebel we have something the NDP doesn’t; supporters!

We fundraised that fee with help from all of you so the NDP had to try something new and a little less creative than ransoming the documents. They’re just withholding documents altogether.

This isn’t the open and transparent government Rachel Notley promised Albertans. This is the same old secretive government, rife with cronyism and scandals just on a faster timeline than the old PCs.

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commented 2016-11-12 12:31:03 -0500
Canadian Mongrel…Moral clarity on the left? Do you really think the Leftists believe in Democracy? Wow, what a concept! Guess what most people don’t know yet…they are totalitarian…just watch and listen to the psychotic manipulation they use…listen to the “disgust” with those who exercise free speech and those who don’t follow their instructions as to how to live. Why are people so blind to the control freaks who run the left…who engender fear as a weapon, and who threaten those who don’t agree with them! Why is the right so quiet? Ask Trump supporters…it is fear of the left, fear of losing their jobs, fear of being mugged, fear to speak the truth…because the leftists are a gang of muggers who will not permit the right to exist, unless they remain in their little boxes, silent and out of sight. And all this under the guise of Morality…what a lie! And now when their ‘people’ finally have a chance at success guess who delights in blocking them? What moral clarity are you talking about CM?
commented 2016-11-12 12:23:37 -0500
Alberta bureaucrats against Notley…don’t forget Wikileaks!
commented 2016-11-08 10:30:05 -0500
If the Rebel wants to initiate a court case I, too would donate to the cause. I’m sure it would go viral and others would as well. I doubt even the CBC could ignore a story that big.
commented 2016-11-08 10:28:26 -0500
It’s hard to imagine that these bozos didn’t think that these requests would be coming. Of course when you are that arrogant and entitles it probably didn’t enter their heads. “How are the mighty fallen?” Can’t wait.
commented 2016-11-08 10:22:14 -0500
This is a communist union run gov. (teachers—nurses —gov.workes)
commented 2016-11-07 20:51:32 -0500
Stay on them
Is that not a courtable cause — to take them to provincial court for with holding, from we the people
commented 2016-11-07 20:42:09 -0500
They are breaking the law withholding these documents, so what’s next?
Do we get our money back? lol.
commented 2016-11-07 19:52:05 -0500
To be fair, I have had some pleasant interactions with the Non-Democratic Party junior staffer who is her controller. Great interaction which I appreciate.

Too bad I can’t get the same level from the elected MLA.
commented 2016-11-07 19:44:55 -0500
I would donate to a constitutional suit against the government. They are clearly breaking the law.

Grant Notley was socialist but believed in democracy. How did the off-spring fall so far from the tree of moral clarity?

I would question my MLA regarding this story, but she is as invisible as the Energy Minister. Oh Frick, my MLA is the invisible energy minister, I forgot.
commented 2016-11-07 19:39:50 -0500
Being a Dipper, means every day is consumed with covering the big lie, creating new lies to replace old lies, shouting truth down with lies or doubling down on a lie.