The Alberta Government is stonewalling the Rebel’s Freedom of Information requests, but in a different way than usual.
On April 26, 2016, we asked for “any documents showing any costs associated with the proposal, development, marketing and cancellation of the job creation incentive program, since May 5, 2015."
We wanted to know about the costs of the NDPs jobs grant program that never created one job before being unceremoniously cancelled.
We also filed a freedom of information request on June 16, 2016 for “all moving expenses charged by staff in the premier’s office to move to Alberta since May 5, 2015.”
Then came the stonewalling and delays from the government. We got some documents but not all. We appealed and the FOIP Commissioner, tasked with making sure the government follows its own rules, determined we should have those documents in our hands by October 14, 2016.
We still don’t have them. Why are they doing this?
It’s because we keep finding some really terrible stuff about the NDP in these documents - stuff the NDP never wanted to have seen in the light of day.
In the past, like with our investigation into the bungled water bomber contracts, the NDP used a paywall to keep the documents away from us. Just to see those damning documents they handed us a $4,000 bill. They never thought a little network like the Rebel would pay, but at the Rebel we have something the NDP doesn’t; supporters!
We fundraised that fee with help from all of you so the NDP had to try something new and a little less creative than ransoming the documents. They’re just withholding documents altogether.
This isn’t the open and transparent government Rachel Notley promised Albertans. This is the same old secretive government, rife with cronyism and scandals just on a faster timeline than the old PCs.