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Ethics commissioner too tangled with Tories: Wildrose

Credits: Tom Braid/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

JACKIE L. LARSON | QMI AGENCY

EDMONTON - Wildrose Party officials say ethics commissioner Neil Wilkinson isn't neutral enough to fairly probe the premier.

Wilkinson confirmed this week he's investigating Premier Alison Redford's alleged conflict of interest for her role as justice minister in 2010 in recommending her ex-husband's firm for the province's $10-billion Big Tobacco suit.

"Albertans need to have the confidence that an investigation into the premier will be completely impartial," Anderson said.

Prior to his appointment, Wilkinson was a PC donor involved in PC leadership campaigns, Anderson said, noting that Wilkinson testified in the province's queue-jumping inquiry Monday as former chair of the Capital Health Region and his appointment's up for renewal in front of a PC-dominated legislature committee in November.

In 2012, Wilkinson waived the "cooling off" period for former Tory cabinet minister Evan Berger to get a job with his former ministry, citing Berger's status in the "government family."

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