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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