On January 15, the constituency office of United Conservative MLA for Lac La Biche-St. Paul-Two Hills, Dave Hanson, was vandalized.
Hanson issued a statement the following day.
“Yesterday night, my constituency office in St. Paul was vandalized, with our front windows shattered by large rocks thrown through them. Thankfully, nobody was injured as the vandalism took place after hours when neither my local staff nor the Albertans who come into my office seeking assistance were present.”
But this wasn't just run-of-the-mill vandalism. It had a political motive and a 34-year-old man is now facing mischief charges because he believed the fear-mongering and conspiracy theories peddled by the NDP.
We know this now because someone admitting to the vandalism sent an email to the UCP explaining what prompted his actions.
“I dont know if you remember. I came in not long ago to discuss some things. And I did recieve incoming Call But I was unaware I was expecting a call from her. But anyway Last Night after Reading this. About the Particular Tweet About 700 Million Tax Break and Cut Almost All Aish supports. I am... Im a Aish recipient and stuff. And This kinda made me really sick reading it.... Like I just dont understand this at all. Why UCP thing like this I just dont understand I feel almost threatened by the next ucp government here. I already Know like it sounds like there going after alot of other kinda minority groups and stuff I just Dont feel really safe in my community I dont feel safe the UCP is in this sort of thing. Im really Sorry for throwing rocks. But Words cant explain this. deeply troubled very disgusted. I havnt Committed a Offence in a Long Time. Not since I was Homeless When I stole a Cell Phone. Thats The only Crime I had ever committed and.. Anyway”
This is the tweet, from Social Services Minister Irfan Sabir, that the admitted vandal referred to in his email:
Alberta UCP plan to give a 700 million dollar tax break to the richest 1%. To pay for this, they would have to cut almost all of AISH (assured income for the severely handicapped) which supports 60,000 people. Our government will not let this happen. we will continue to fight for you and protect your services.
This is a lie.
The UCP has supported the hike to AISH payments in the recently passed Bill 26. Sabir knows this. It was his bill!
Today I’ll tell you about some of the other times the NDP conflated political criticism with real threats and violence.