The NDP government believes there may be a conflict of interest between debates on Alberta’s electricity market and interim PC leader Ric McIver.
In a letter to Ethics Commissioner Marguerite Trussler, NDP MLA Heather Sweet said, “I’m writing you today seeking your determination of what I believe may be a real or perceived conflict of interest regarding the Member for Calgary-Hays, Ric McIver, the direct financial interests of a directly associated person and Mr. McIver’s recent comments and actions surrounding the issue of government policy on the retail electricity market.”
“This is a potential conflict as he is trying to influence the crown or the government into making a decision that could be perceived as a conflict due to his family involvement with already owning an electricity company,” Sweet told 630 CHED.
“We would like to see the ethics commissioner determine whether or not Mr. McIver is benefiting from the potential debate around energy prices due to the fact that his wife operates Brighter Futures Energy (sic) and so he has a direct link through financial means.”
A spokesman for McIver told 630 CHED McIver has read Sweet’s letter to the ethics commissioner and is waiting to hear back from the ethics commissioner after reaching out to her.
In similar a situation in 2015, Premier Rachel Notley’s husband Lou Arab stepped down from his role in public communications with the Canadian Union of Public Employees to avoid a potential conflict of interest.