Alison Redford stood before the cameras earlier today and said that she stands behind her words yesterday that it was not her who made the decision as to which legal firm would get the contract for litigation against the tobacco industry. The only problem is that minutes before government documents were revealed that indeed prove that it was Alison Redford who did make that decision.
Link to Premier Redford's brief presser ( not the first one that was cancelled 17 minutes before it was scheduled, but another one that she was forced to hold due to the criticism for cancelling the first: Media availability Nov 29.
Link to CBC article with the damning documents ( be sure to read all 7 pages at bottom of page) CBC Story.
Dec. 21, 2010 email: "Hi Barb, can you confirm with Jeff and modify as needed — get the
letters to the losers confirmed and ready to go. You can sign for me.
Speak to Lorne about the winners and the timing with the letters."
Dec. 22, 2010, departmental email states: "Attached are the scanned
signed memos that have just been emailed to the unsuccessful
candidates." Those memos contained a letter signed by Sprague titled, "Letter to
unsuccessful party," which states: "I regret to advise that your
proposal was not successful."
Jan. 13, 2011, briefing note, assistant deputy minister Sprague states:
"Shortly before Christmas, Minister Redford selected the International
Tobacco Recovery Lawyers (the Jensen consortium)."
A July 5, 2012, email from Justice spokesman Dan Laville to CBC states:
"On December 14, 2010, then justice minister Alison Redford
determined that TRL consortium [sic] provided the best 'made in Alberta'
litigation plan. The decision was communicated to the consortiums and
law firm shortly thereafter."
Be sure to read see copies of the originals at the CBC article linked to above! 7 pages that prove Alison Redford lied and misled the Alberta Legislature and all Albertans.
If Redford would have simply went with the 'this was not a conflict of interest' argument she might have been fine, but she didn't do that. Instead she chose to go with the 'I didn't make the decision' route and now it is coming back to bite her and forever taint her in the eyes of Albertans.
This is going to stick.