LETHBRIDGE: The Lethbridge-West MLA is responding to allegations earlier this week that the University of Lethbridge made illegal donations to his party.
The Wildrose party released details Tuesday of $15,000 worth of donations made to the PCs between 2004 and 2007, from university staff members who were reimbursed for attending political fundraisers. Representatives for the school say they didn't know the practice had been banned until at least a year after the rule changed in 2004.
Local MLA and Advanced Education and Technology minister Greg Weadick's response - released two days after the allegations went public - is fairly blunt. "I expect our post-secondary institutions to obey the law, and so do Albertans. The Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act is clear that it is inappropriate for colleges, universities and technical institutes to make political donations to any party or expense these related costs for reimbursement. It is that simple."
He goes on to say he's "reached out" to staff at the university to make sure they are in compliance, closing with a definitive "there is no excuse for ignorance of the rules." The one-page document makes no references to Weadick's own party's role in the controversy.
For the university's part, the school's board of directors says it changed its policy in October 2005 after it became aware of the new rule. Board chair Bob Turner says staff have observed "strict compliance" to the new policy since then. The list of alleged illegal donations from the U of L obtained by the Wildrose party under freedom of information shows no further examples of the practice after 2005, except one student function in 2007.
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 3/12/2014 3:27:52 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News