EDMONTON - A backbench Alberta Progressive Conservative member is withdrawing from caucus while the ethics commissioner investigates his business dealings.
Peter Sandhu, the member for Edmonton-Manning, said in a written release that he has asked for the investigation and is confident he will be exonerated.
He says he will step out of the PC caucus to allow his colleagues to work without distraction, but will remain the member of the legislature for his riding.
Sandhu made the decision after CBC report said it appears he recently failed to disclose debts owed by his home-building business to the ethics commissioner.
The CBC report also said Sandhu swore in a court document he was out of the country earlier this year when receipts and records suggest he was actually in Alberta.
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@charlesrusnell uncovers Peter Sandhu's false sworn statement filed in Court. #cbcedmonton
Should be fired & a bi election called. RT @CBCCalgary: Progressive Conservative MLA leaves trail of unpaid debts http://t.co/tyMeZO4l2P
PC MLA Peter Sandhu says he is leaving the Tory caucus until he resolves his financial situation #ableg
MLA Peter Sandhu says he has asked the ethics commissioner to investigate his personal business interests #ableg
"I am confident I will be exonerated," says PC MLA Peter Sandhu MLA for Edmonton Manning. Premier to comment asap. #ableg
Sandhu bids adieu. Others ask, who? #ableg #abpoli
Very honourable position taken by Peter Sandhu today. Shows integrity and respect. #ableg
That's weird, Redfords expression of deep gratitude to Peter Sandhu for voluntarily (?) stepping out of PC caucus #ableg #yyc #yeg
Just out from @Premier_Redford , expression of deep gratitude to Peter Sandhu for voluntarily (?) stepping out of PC caucus #ableg #yyc #yeg
@Premier_Redford thanks Sandhu for putting "the interests of his caucus colleagues and Albertans first" by w/drawing during ethics probe.
Peter Sandhu Who? Newly independent MLA for Edm-Manning has gotten a whopping 11 mentions in @edmontonjournal stories in 5yrs as MLA. #ableg
#cbc Here's the Sandhu letter re #cbc investigation . http://t.co/9jbln9WCw4
Wonder what severance will be? Withdrawing from the PC caucus and all of my official govt duties," says PC MLA Sandhu #ableg #abpoli