September 20, 2017

United Conservative Party wears stain of Wildrose caucus deficit

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Brian Jean has been accused of bringing a $322,000 deficit into the newly formed United Conservative Party. 

Jean’s campaign denies the allegations, saying there’s no such thing as caucus deficits, but his detractors say otherwise. So what’s the truth?

I contacted the Legislative Assembly Office and they tell me that caucus budgets are part of the overall Legislative Assembly Office Budget which is reviewed and approved by the Members’ Services Committee each year.

They also tell me that expenditures can’t surpass the approved limits, with the key being that they are approved yearly.

So there can’t be a deficit at the end of the year, but caucuses can go over budget throughout the year as long as they balance out by the end of the year.

But MLA’s have been asked to contribute money from their own separate expenditure allowances to pay down this $337,000 shortfall. If there wasn’t a deficit, why are they being asked to pay it back?

I put that question to interim leader Nathan Cooper and haven’t heard back from him yet but will update you if I receive a response.

At this point, the only certainty is that this deficit is a Wildrose Party issue that’s poisoning the well and affecting the UCP.

It will be up to voters to decide whose shoulders the problem rests on when they cast their ballots in the leadership race on October 28th.

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commented 2017-09-22 01:50:28 -0400
No politician anywhere and it’s proven have any moral integrity… They’re only agenda is to become elected or reelected and if that reelection means it is necessary to suck a convenient dick to garner a vote then so be it, all in a days work.!
commented 2017-09-21 19:26:00 -0400
I miss Derek Fildebrand more and more each and every day.!!!
commented 2017-09-21 09:56:33 -0400
I can’t even read the Calgary Herald anymore they are a leftist rag and I don’t believe anything they print.
commented 2017-09-21 03:57:59 -0400
I love that Holly is keeping an eye on the party and its finances.
commented 2017-09-20 23:13:28 -0400
RON VOSS—Tks for that Calgary Herald link.
Reading the comments section, it doesn’t look like it will be a slam-dunk in the next election for the UCP. Some Albertans seem to like Socialism.
Reading that Alberta story, is identical to reading a S. Ontario paper, where the Media and most of the people are starting to see better employment and Financial numbers. They think that Trudeau, Wynne and Notley’s policies are finally starting to work.
Little do they know that they are simply riding on Trump’s Coat Tails, and that will end once the markets figure out how uncompetitive Canada is with Carbon Taxes , high electricity rates and unnecessary big Government.
commented 2017-09-20 21:28:29 -0400
The UPC wears the stain of the APC CINO corruption
commented 2017-09-20 18:06:59 -0400
With respect to “I put that question to interim leader Nathan Cooper and haven’t heard back from him yet”, I wouldn’t hold your breath?