ALBERTA

Prentice Should Foot Bill For Calgary Byelection: CTF

05/08/2015 12:50 EDT | Updated 05/08/2016 05:59 EDT
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CALGARY - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says outgoing Alberta premier Jim Prentice should reach into his own pocket to cover the cost of a byelection in his riding.

The federation says it's only right that Prentice should personally pay for another vote in Calgary Foothills, since he is the one who is making it necessary.

Prentice resigned as Progressive Conservative leader and legislature member after the Tories were toppled from power by the NDP on Tuesday night.

Prentice won the seat in a byelection in October and had been re-elected when he announced he was stepping down.

Federation spokeswoman Paige MacPherson says Elections Alberta estimates the byelection will cost $250,000.

She says there is precedent for a politician footing his own bill: Former Penticton, B.C., mayor Dan Ashton paid $32,000 for a byelection he prompted when he resigned to run provincially.

"Prentice's decision to hand us another bill was a financial blindsiding," MacPherson, the taxpayer group's Alberta director, said in a release Friday.

"No one other than Prentice asked to go to the polls this many times, and Albertans certainly didn't expect to be paying for this upcoming byelection — and they shouldn't have to."

MacPherson suggests the Tories "may have some leftover cash in their war chest if Prentice cannot afford it."

"Or perhaps he could fundraise."

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