Freebies For Alberta Politicians Included McCartney Tickets, Samurai Swords

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Alberta MLAs who took freebies from major corporations, unions, arts organizations and business groups defended the practice Monday, saying the gifts are given to build relationships, not in an attempt to influence provincial power brokers.

Political perks in 2012 included free tickets to the sold-out Paul McCartney show at Rexall Place, an evening with former U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney and a gift set of samurai swords.

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