Conflict of interest allegations against former premier Alison Redford will be re-investigated.
The province has received notification from BC’s Conflict of Interest Commissioner that he will re-open the case related to the awarding of a potentially-lucrative tobacco litigation contract.
Paul Fraser says the new investigation is warranted, after information not available to Alberta’s former ethics commissioner came to light following his original probe in 2013.
A consortium selected for the $10-billion lawsuit against the tobacco industry including lawyers with which Redford had close personal and political ties.
In his letter to the province, Fraser says this shouldn’t be interpreted as a finding of misconduct, it only means the case is re-opened, and the presumption of innocence is still intact.
B.C. commissioner will be conducting this new probe, because his counterpart in Alberta is friends with some of the people involved in the case.