Even though Rachel Notley is no longer the premier and the NDP are relegated to their rightful place on the opposition benches, I am not done investigating their misdeeds.
It’s the only way to make sure they never whitewash their awful track record and come back, like a bad case of political herpes.
Today I am wrapping up my investigation into the Lethbridge Chinook regional hospital announcement by showing you how the NDP and their spinners lied about not using government resources to organize the event.
Alberta Health Services policy prohibits partisan and campaign events inside hospitals, but that didn't stop the NDP attack announcement held in the Lethbridge on February 23, 2019.
Notley lined up in front of nurses in the lobby of the hospital and launched a partisan attack on UCP leader, and now premier Jason Kenney for cuts to healthcare he never promised to make. Unsuspecting nurses were blindsided to discover they were part of an NDP press conference and not a non-partisan visit from the premier.
At the time, Rachel Notley’s director of communications Cheryl Oates said no government resources were used to put the stunt together and that the whole disaster was an honest mistake. No harm. No foul.
But if that were really the case, why did the NDP stonewall my original freedom of information request into the premier’s office by saying they had no records pertaining to the hospital visit? It was unbelievable that there were no emails relating to scheduling, at the very least.
So I asked for the documents in a different way, and caught the NDP and all partisan hacks who milked the taxpayer in Notley’s premiers office.
I filed the same FOIP with Alberta Health Services and found dozens of emails between the premiers office staff - those are the emails they told me didn't exist - and the health ministry employees organizing the government version of the hospital visit, which at the last minute was converted into a partisan event - held at the same place, at the same time on the same day, with the same people speaking at the same podium. Neat trick.
Watch my video to see one of the laziest cover-ups I have ever seen in my life. It probably shouldn’t surprise that me that the Left couldn’t put the work into their scheme to use government resources to further the NDP campaign and then hide it from me. In the end, I found dozens of government employees involved in coordinating this partisan event.
That former and now unemployed director of communications for Notley, Cheryl Oates, was involved in the planning up to her neck. She was on her government email in the middle of a government workday, putting together an NDP campaign event.
The NDP should repay the illicit campaign donation of all these government man hours to their failed campaign.