April 14, 2015

Alberta election: Prentice denounces "ridiculous and offensive" email

Marc PatroneRebel Commentator

PC leader Jim Prentice tore a strip off an acting deputy minister in the Alberta Justice department after an email memo was sent, ordering public servants to tell their boss if they are involved in political activities, even on a volunteer basis.

An email from acting deputy minister Kim Armstrong included a directive that Armstrong "must be notified in advance of any political activity by a member of the public service."

Prentice says he doesn't know how that happened, but insists he won't stand for it.

"I consider the directive to have been ridiculous and offensive. Everyone in this province has a right in this province on their own time to be involved in as a volunteer in the party of their choice and no employer including the government of Alberta has a right to intervene and demand answer on that and I consider it ridiculous and I won't stand for it."

Critics in both the Wildrose Party and NDP say this is another indicator of the corrupt culture of the PC Party, where the bureaucracy and party are way too close for comfort.

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commented 2015-04-15 08:25:57 -0400
I work for a publicly traded company. My company reserves the right to know if I am trading in other company’s stocks in our sector. This is because there is the potential for conflict of interest or insider trading on my part. I accept as a term of employment that there are some actions of mine that will have periodic limits placed upon them. Similarly, if I say something in public I must not mention my company if there is any chance my words could be taken to imply support or opposition to anything on the part of my employer. This is what I hope the intent was with the email.

I hope this was the intent, but in practice I suspect it was a warning: “we’ll be watching, nice job you have there, be a shame if anything were to happen to it….”
commented 2015-04-14 23:12:05 -0400
The same Kim Armstrong who attempted to trace and redact departmental emails filled with disrespectful slurs while Director of Internal Affairs at Edmonton Police Services? Oh, ok – nothing to see here – now move along smartly. http://www.canada.com/life/Edmonton+police+tried+hide+racist+internal+mail+oversight+body/2030187/story.html

Or the Kim Armstrong who was Head of Legal Affairs at Edmonton Police Services – and conducted a campaign of intimidation against one of Alberta most successful Criminal Defense Lawyers? http://injusticebusters.org/05/engel_tom.shtml

BTW, is she related in any way to now head of Domestic Offender Crimes Section of the Edmonton Police Services Staff Sargent Sean Armstrong – like maybe married? Workplace romance is so beautiful.
commented 2015-04-14 19:12:04 -0400
Mark, I think that was an astute observation.
commented 2015-04-14 18:25:44 -0400
While Prentice appears to be flogging the “right to volunteer” card, methinks the deputy minster was advising his underlings about possible “conflict of interest” consequences…
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