Excerpt from: Alison Redford could face criminal charges, review finds
Charges dependent on RCMP proving allegations in auditor general’s report
By Jennie Russell, Charles Rusnell, CBC News Posted: Nov 04, 2014 5:30 AM MT Last Updated: Nov 04, 2014 5:30 AM MT
An Alberta Justice internal review concluded former premier Alison Redford could face four criminal charges if allegations contained in an auditor general’s report about her use of government airplanes are proven by an RCMP investigation.
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Internal government documents obtained exclusively by CBC News show Justice Minister Jonathan Denis informed then interim premier Dave Hancock of the conclusions of a report prepared by a special prosecutor.
“The report indicates that the allegations, if proven, ‘could constitute the criminal offence of forgery, uttering a forged document, fraud, and breach of trust by a public officer,’” Denis wrote in an Aug. 4, 2014, email to Hancock’s chief of staff.
In the same email, Denis said the auditor general’s report could be forwarded to the RCMP simply for information purposes. But Denis said that would be inconsistent with both a government policy “and a practice that has developed in Specialized Prosecutions where we are satisfied there are reasonable grounds to believe that an employee’s conduct involves a criminal offence.
“It is my conclusion and recommendation that this [auditor general’s] report should be forwarded to the RCMP with the request for an independent investigation,” Denis wrote.