NDP leader Rachel Notley questions why PC candidate Jonathan Denis wasn't booted from the Tory caucus given his conduct after a police call to his home last month.
It was reported Denis would be stepping down as justice minister April 25th, after he became embroiled in a legal dispute with his estranged wife landing them both in court.
Premier Jim Prentice asked Denis to quit as minister but allowed him to continue as PC candidate for the riding of Calgary-Acadia. Notley questions the wisdom of that.
"I was a little bit concerned here about the gap in time between the police were involved with some kind of dispute there and the point at which the Attorney General stepped down. Personally I think that gap of time did not demonstrate either good judgement or competency to do the job. And I think the gap itself brings into question whether he's appropriately even a candidate. But that's me from my legalistic-y background. Once you're involved with the police, as Attorney General, it’s not a ten day decision making issue, it's a 'I'm outta here.' It's not appropriate," says Notley.
There is a publication ban that prohibits the reporting of details in the court dispute between Denis and his estranged wife Breanna Palmer. That ban is subject to an appeal.
Denis did not respond to our request for comment on what Notley said in Calgary Saturday.