Kenney spars with Notley over firing of Alberta election watchdog

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney clashed with the Opposition NDP on his first day back in the legislature since his government fired the election commissioner who was investigating Kenney’s United Conservative Party.

Kenney was on a trade mission in Texas last week when his government introduced, debated, and passed an omnibus bill that included the firing of election commissioner Lorne Gibson.

Gibson had issued more than $200,000 in fines tied to fundraising violations in the 2017 UCP leadership race, which was won by Kenney before he was elected premier this year.

The RCMP has been conducting a separate investigation into whether voter ID fraud was committed during the leadership campaign.

The bill moved rapidly through the house. The government invoked time limits on all three stages of debate. It was signed into law on Friday.

Kenney looked at his notes, chatted with ministers beside him and waved to people in the gallery during Notley’s attacks on Monday. He told the house she was wrong and that the bill is about streamlining government.

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