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Alberta Health staff knew they were breaching government rules by handing successive sole-source contracts to Navigator, the consulting firm whose senior executives help run Conservative party election campaigns, documents show.
Wildrose Leader Brian Jean renewed his attack on PC fiscal management Saturday by releasing new data showing the Tory government spent close to $1 billion on sole-source contracts in 2013-14. The data was obtained through a series of freedom of information requests to every government ministry, the party said.
Alberta's governing health body has spent millions relocating employees both into and around the province in recent years, even doling out more than $100,000 to bring a single senior vice-president in from Ontario in one instance. The $3.1-million total in…
Jody MacPherson's insight:
I used to work at the Calgary Health Region in 2005-2006. All I can say is that I was not involved in politics before that time. When I saw behind-the-scenes how corrupt the PC government had become, I could not sit back and remain silent.
Pop culture crossed with politics today when reporters asked Rachel Notely and Jim Prentice which Star Wars character they were. And both picked Han Solo, because why wouldn't you? But we think you have better ideas.
The Progressive Conservatives—a political dynasty that's ruled over Alberta since 1971—has been on an impressive run of self-inflicted wounds.
Jody MacPherson's insight:
One incident that seems to have been unfortunately neglected in the national discourse is that he kicked off the election to the tune of Nickelback's "Burn It to the Ground," a song which features such Nickelbackisms such as "Oh, we got no class, no taste, no shirt, shit faced."
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