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Alberta Liberals say flood PR contract awarded to Conservative party insider

EDMONTON — The Alberta Liberals are asking questions about a contract awarded to a public relations firm after the massive floods in southern Alberta last summer.

The Liberals say that a freedom of information request has revealed the $240,000 contract was award to a company headed by a Conservative campaign strategist.

The contract involved helping with communication during the flood and the recovery effort.

Liberal Leader Raj Sherman says the government’s public affairs bureau should have been able to handle that job.

During question period, Deputy Premier Dave Hancock came to the defence of the company, saying it moved quickly “to help Albertans who were in need and to make sure Albertans who were under stress understood the government was there and would work with them.”

Part of the firm’s job was to provide weekly activity reports, the Liberals say they will ask to see those reports.



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