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.