Statement Regarding the Constituency of Calgary-Beddington; Randy Kerr

CALGARY, AB (March 6, 2019): United Conservative Party (UCP) Executive Director Janice Harrington today issued the following statement:

“Effective immediately, Mr. Randy Kerr has been removed as the UCP’s candidate in the constituency of Calgary-Beddington.

“In the last 48 hours, new information has come to our attention indicating Mr. Kerr was not forthright in responding to the Party’s inquiries regarding his financial contribution to the Jeff Callaway Leadership Campaign.

“To be clear, the Party is not making any allegation against Mr. Kerr regarding the legitimacy of his contribution to the Callaway Leadership, nor against Mr. Callaway or his Campaign. This is not the Party’s role to judge, and the Party does not in any way oversee financial contributions to leadership campaigns.

“However, it is our conclusion that Mr. Kerr was not sufficiently forthcoming with the Party’s earlier inquiries, and for that, he has been removed as a candidate.

“The Party has also proactively provided this new information to the appropriate office – that of the Election Commissioner. Given that the matter is now with the Commissioner, it is inappropriate for us to comment further.

“That said, I will stipulate that the matter does not in any way involve the Party, our Leader, nor the Leader’s former leadership campaign. As we have stated previously, neither the Party, Leader’s Office, nor the Leader’s former leadership campaign have been contacted by the Election Commissioner.

“Ms. Josephine Pon, the runner up in the UCP’s Calgary-Beddington nomination race, will serve as the UCP’s candidate for the upcoming election. We welcome Josephine to the race.”