01/09/2013 07:22 EST | Updated 03/11/2013 05:12 EDT

Alison Redford: Big Tobacco Ethics Probe And Darly Katz Donation Investigation Welcomed


EDMONTON - Premier Alison Redford says she welcomes investigations by the ethics commissioner and Elections Alberta into the conduct of her government and her party.

Earlier this week the ethics commissioner revealed details of its probe into a conflict of interest allegation involving Redford over a government lawsuit filed against Big Tobacco.

Alberta's opposition parties allege that Redford awarded the lawsuit contract to a group of law firms that included her former husband, Robert Hawkes, when she was justice minister.

The Elections Alberta investigation is reviewing campaign donations made by Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz last year to the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta.

The Opposition has been calling for the investigation since last fall after media reports indicated the PCs accepted a single $430,000 donation when the legal limit for a single donation is $30,000.

Elections Alberta has named a retired Queen's Bench judge and two independent investigators to conduct the probe.

"My point is this is exactly what should happen and they are independent reviews," Redford said Wednesday.

"I am not going to comment on them any further. We will look forward to the results of them."

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