Notley says Kenney needs to clear up leadership race controversy as RCMP investigate

By The Canadian Press
March 15, 2019 - 4:31pm Updated: March 15, 2019 - 8:10pm

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley wants Opposition Leader Jason Kenney to come clean on a controversy involving one of his leadership rivals.

The CBC is reporting that the RCMP has taken over an investigation into allegations of fraud in the 2017 United Conservative leadership race.

Kenney beat Doug Schweitzer and Brian Jean, who had been the Wildrose Party leader before it merged with the Progressive Conservatives.

Jeff Callaway dropped out of the race before the vote.

Kenney and Callaway have denied claims that Callaway ran as a "kamikaze'' candidate who would attack Jean, which would leave Kenney free to take the high road.

Callaway was critical of Jean numerous times, quit the race before voting day and threw his support behind Kenney.

Elections commissioner Lorne Gibson had been investigating allegations that some donors to Callaway's campaign broke the law by donating money provided to them by someone else.

Jean, who left politics in 2018, has criticized Kenney for his fiscal policies and is now attacking him for the Callaway situation.

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