CALGARY - Alberta Premier Alison Redford says she may have personally thanked Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz for his donation after the provincial election, but she's not 100 per cent sure.
Officials with Elections Alberta are investigating whether $300,000 in donations to the governing Tories from Katz, his family and associates broke campaign laws.
The figure represents 20 per cent of all the money raised by the Tories. The party took 61 seats to 17 for the Wildrose in the 87-seat legislature in the April election.
Under campaign fundraising laws, no one person or organization may donate more than $30,000.
There have been published reports that Katz gave the Tories much more than that, about $430,000, and that he delivered it all in one cheque.
"I think after the election I probably made about 50 calls to people who were contributors. I think he was on the list. I don't recall a conversation but he probably was," Redford said in Calgary on Friday.
Redford said she doesn't believe she made any other calls to donors from Katz's Rexall Drugs.
"I made a number of calls and I can't recall right now. There were probably many people who did give us funds that I didn't call and there were probably many that I did."
Redford repeated her earlier assertion that the results of the Elections Alberta investigation will be made public and her party will continue to co-operate. She said she hasn't asked party officials to look into the records and let her know if any rules were broken.
"What I'm curious about is whether or not the Progressive Conservative Party complied with the rules and I am very confident that we did."
Redford said she doesn't see a need to change donation limits, pointing out that the other political parties use similar fundraising techniques.
She called the system "transparent" and said it is "legislation that works."
Neither Katz nor any of his representatives has commented on the donations.
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The Tories spent $4.6 Million during the 2012 election.
The Tories walked away with a lopsided majority - a total of 61 seats
The Wildrose Party, in what was supposed to be the contest that unseated the four-decades old rein of the Alberta PCs, raised and spent $3.1 million.
In the end, that much cash garnered the WR 17 seats.. enough for official opposition but not much else.
The Alberta Liberals didn't make too much of a dent in the polls but sure got some value for money. They spent $150,000 and won five seats in the 2012 elections.
The NDP spent $654,000 and won four seats during the 2012 election.
The Alberta Party
The Alberta Party spent approximately $35,000 but failed to secure a seat.