As the dust settles from the unification of the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties, leadership candidate Brian Jean is being blamed for saddling the new United Conservative Party with $322,000 in debt.
Jean led the Wildrose Party which brought almost one third of a million in debt into the new UCP. As a result of that shortfall, seven staff members have been laid off, mostly from the former Wildrose caucus.
He is also being accused of hiring extra staff to get a head start on his leadership campaign.
The UCP had 38 staffers for 28 MLAs before layoffs, and now those laid off staff members are speaking out.
Watch as I report what’s being said about this situation and why those speaking out lay the blame at Brian Jean’s feet.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but all of this happened under the leadership of Brian Jean and it’s important for leaders to take responsibility.
If this is what he has to offer, how is it different from what we’ve been getting from past leaders and what we have right now with the NDP?