Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General, issued the following statement in response to Alberta’s Ethics Commissioner, Hon. Marguerite Trussler, Q.C., appointing the Conflicts of Interest Commissioner in British Columbia to provide the requested advice:
“I thank Hon. Marguerite Trussler, Q.C., Alberta’s Ethics Commissioner, for considering my request for her advice.
“Hon. Marguerite Trussler, Q.C. has advised that she knows individuals involved in the matter, and in order to ensure the matter is reviewed without a perception of bias, she has appointed the British Columbia Conflicts of Interest Commissioner, Paul Fraser, Q.C., to act on her behalf.
“Mr. Fraser, Q.C., will determine whether a re-investigation is warranted into allegations involving a former Premier and the appointment of counsel to represent the government in litigation against tobacco companies.
“I look forward to hearing from Mr. Fraser, Q.C.”