By Letter to the Editor on December 4, 2019.
Firstly it’s kudos to the Lethbridge Herald for providing more facts relating to the layoff of the election commissioner. It’s refreshing to have a newspaper that provides the other side of the story.
I was reading newspapers from Edmonton and listening to comments from Rachel Notley. Both selected only information that supported their misreporting while subtly implying the Election Alberta office was to be closed and investigations shut down. We now know this is not true.
As it turns out, the NDP created the commissioner’s position in 2018. Why did the NDP create so many new bureaucratic jobs anyway? The government is the biggest employer in the province, and we taxpayers foot the bill from every paycheque. As for the Elections office, we were the only province to have two people in similar positions with separate staff costing us an additional $1 million per year. It’s duplication and redundant.
I hope that Notley was only grandstanding with her comments and not trying to mislead the public as the facts would indicate. This is a stark reminder to get all sides of a story before making assumptions. Misrepresentation by big-city newspapers and once-respected politicians can appear factual.