Alberta premier did not mislead legislature, Speaker rules
Premier Alison Redford did not mislead the Alberta legislature over the selection of a law firm for the province's tobacco lawsuit, the Speaker Gene Zwozdesky has ruled.
"There are clear expectations about what the process was. There are clear explanations about the result, how the decision was made," Zwozdesky said Monday.
"There is no misleading. There's no intent to mislead."
Last week, the Wildrose Party's Rob Anderson raised a point of privilege, accusing Redford of lying about a patronage controversy surrounding Redford's selection of her ex-husband's law firm as part of a consortium in the $10-billion suit against the tobacco industry.
Opposition parties say Redford lied when she told MLAs she was not involved in choosing her ex-husband's Calgary law firm.
"There are no further proceedings on this matter and this matter is now concluded," Zwozdesky said in his ruling.
Despite the decision, the Wildrose maintains that Redford lied to MLAs
Documents obtained by CBC News suggest Redford made the selection before she stepped down as justice minister to run for the party’s leadership.
Anderson said Zwozdesky's ruling doesn't make sense. "The sky is green and I guess we're just going to have to accept that, but it doesn't change the fact that Ms. Redford, in no uncertain terms, has misled Albertans on this issue," he said. "The documentation is absolutely clear she made that decision prior to Christmas in 2010."
Earlier Monday, almost all Wildrose members left the house when the Speaker wouldn't allow them to ask any questions about the tobacco lawsuit.