Alberta's representative in Asia has been ordered to take an unpaid
leave of absence by Premier Alison Redford, after awarding a trip to
Hong Kong in an Edmonton fundraiser.
The premier has also ordered an ethics investigation.
Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Gary Mar held the
fundraiser last week, to try to recoup the costs of his election
Mar spent over $2.5 million on his PC leadership campaign and lost money in the process, he was left owing $265,000.
Tickets for the event were $400, and those who attended got the chance to hear Mar talk about doing business in Hong Kong.
The fundraiser also included an auction prize for a trip to Hong Kong.
Global News has learned a land developer paid $20,000 for the trip.
Alison Redford spoke with Global News, saying the fundraiser was
inappropriate. Redford says she is very concerned, and has asked for a
review of the event.
"I'm really disappointed to see that," she
says. 'What I've asked our Deputy Minister of International Affairs to
do is to get in touch with Mr. Mar and have a conversation with him."
leader of Wildrose Party is also expressing concerns about the event,
suggesting Mar appears to be selling government services for private
"It would seem to me that if he's doing work as a public
servant, he shouldn't be benfitting personally from that and I would
call on Gary to explain exactly what was going on here."
The Wildrose leader adds this is another example of the government's culture of corruption.