ALBERTA

Alison Redford Could Face Criminal Charges: Review

11/05/2014 12:47 EST | Updated 11/05/2014 12:59 EST
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Less than a week after Alberta RCMP confirmed an investigation into Alison Redford's spending, an internal government review has concluded the former premier could face criminal charges.

In August, Justice Minister Jonathan Denis informed then interim premier Dave Hancock of the findings of a special prosecutor, according to a copy of the review obtained by CBC,

The review concluded Redford could face charges of forgery, uttering a forged document, fraud, and breach of trust by a public officer, if she is found to have used government airplanes inappropriately.

Mounties began an investigation after they received a copy of auditor general Merwan Saher's report into Redford's spending.

In the report, Saher said he found "Redford and her office used public resources inappropriately."

He cited Redford's use of government airplanes and her plan to build a private "skypalace" penthouse suite out of public space atop the government's Federal Building.

Saher said Redford and her staff used the planes for personal reasons and that the former premier's daughter sometimes flew alone on the planes without her.

He also found the flights were block-booked to give the appearance the aircraft was full so no other passengers could board.

Redford resigned as premier in March. She resigned her seat in legislature on Aug. 6, the day before Saher's report was released.

Last week, Alberta's opposition parties called for more details about the RCMP's investigation, arguing that the public has a right to know if current MLAs are being investigated as well.

With files from the Canadian Press

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