Earlier, we reported Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Ted Morton would be holding a fundraising event in Vancouver - something competitor Jim Dinning did earlier this year. But it seems that practice has become a source of some controversy east of the Rocky Mountains. In a front-page story referencing Public Eye, The Edmonton Journal's Jason Markusoff quotes leadership rival Mark Norris as saying, "Obviously, those people would have different interests than Albertans would." And University of Calgary political science professor Lisa Young says those fundraisers will have some questioning if there's "going to be interference in the conduct of Alberta politics because people have gone to raise money outside of their province?" In his piece, Mr. Markusoff also revealed Mr. Dinning's "supporters hosted a Vancouver event last week and have scheduled fundraising bashes later this month in Toronto and Winnipeg."
September 14, 2006