Prentice refuses to answer questions on defying independent committee

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is refusing to say why he publicly defied an independent legislature committee over the issue funding for the auditor general.

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jim Prentice is refusing to say why he publicly defied an independent legislature committee over the issue funding for the auditor general.

Prentice sparred with reporters at a legislature news conference, saying the issue is not about his actions but rather the budget of the auditor general.

Last week Prentice announced he would not implement the decision of an independent all-party committee that returned more than half a million dollars in funding to the auditor general’s office.

He said that with low oil prices, he would not make room in the budget for the extra cash, and Finance Minister Robin Campbell said the committee would have to meet again to reverse its vote.

On Tuesday, the committee, which is dominated by government Progressive Conservatives, met and rescinded the money.

Opposition politicians say the move sets a dangerous precedent on legislative checks and balances.

Just Posted

Several Red Deer businesses are doing the downtown shuffle

Four businesses change locations and or name and re-open

Patient data stolen during theft at Red Deer hospital

Alberta Health Services is notifying 6,129 patients that their health information may… Continue reading

Some central Alberta bus drivers face zero tolerance for cannabis

While Canada’s transportation regulator tells flight crews to stay off weed for… Continue reading

Waskasoo Seepee Pow Wow returns to Red Deer

Grand entries at 1 and 6 p.m.

Pro-pipelines rally draws crowd to City Hall

Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Canada missing out on billions in revenue

Raptors announcer credited with calming massive crowd after shooting

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors’ play-by-play announcer is winning widespread praise for… Continue reading

Massive crowds, security concerns prove to be issues at Raptors parade

TORONTO — A shooting that sparked a stampede at a massive rally… Continue reading

Toronto mayor gives Raptors star Kawhi Leonard key to city

Toronto Mayor John Tory tried to woo Kawhi Leonard by presenting him… Continue reading

Huawei says U.S. sanctions will cost it billions in revenue

SHENZHEN, China — Huawei’s founder said Monday that the Chinese telecom giant’s… Continue reading

Blackout in South America raises questions about power grid

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Te huge blackout that left tens of millions… Continue reading

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, jeans queen, dies at 95

NEW YORK — Gloria Vanderbilt, the intrepid heiress, artist and romantic who… Continue reading

Toronto mayor gives Raptors star Kawhi Leonard key to city

Toronto Mayor John Tory made his pitch to Raptors star Kawhi Leonard… Continue reading

Health: What you should know about low intensity light therapy

Years ago I nearly made a bad decision. I was asked to… Continue reading

Most Read