RCMP must probe Federal Building project, Wildrose says
Renovation project secretly altered to include penthouse suite for premier
The RCMP must investigate whether anyone in the Alberta government breached the public's trust by subverting approval processes to alter the size and scope of the Federal Building renovation, says Wildrose Finance Critic Rob Anderson.
"It seems to be a public official, who was working directly with contractors and so forth, and the city of Edmonton, to go forward with a project that wasn't a part of the original scope of the project, wasn't a part of the original design, and so forth," he said. "So we think it crossed a line here."
- Alison Redford ordered penthouse suite in Federal Building
- A look at the space where Alison Redford suite was to be built
Documents first obtained by CBC under freedom of information legislation last week show Redford’s executive assistant, Ryan Barberio, personally ordered changes to the building’s floor plan by direct contact with the architecture firm in charge of refurbishing the Federal Building.
The changes were to include a luxury penthouse suite for the Premier. The redevelopment would have also included a private elevator and an alumni lounge for former PC MLAs.
Construction workers on the site told CBC News work on the apartment had begun, but the plans had been abruptly changed, and it had been replaced with offices and conference rooms.
Anderson said if police find no evidence of a criminal offence, the province should call for a judicial inquiry or investigation by the auditor general.
"They should be the very first ones lining up to figure out what happened here," he said. "The government should want to get to the bottom of this and figure out how on earth this project was expanded in this way by essentially, a junior staffer, without any kind of input from government."
The Federal Building renovation is expected to cost $375 million, about $20 million more than when the project was first announced in 2008.