Jason Kenney (centre) celebrates with Brian Jean (left) and Doug Schweitzer (right) after Kenney was elected leader of the United Conservative Party. The leadership race winner was announced at the BMO Centre in Calgary on Saturday October 28, 2017.
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The Crown prosecutor’s office is looking for an out-of-province prosecutor to advise RCMP investigating allegations of irregularities in the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race.On Thursday, the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service issued a statement from acting head Sarah Langley on what has been an ongoing controversy tied to the 2017 contest that saw now-Premier Jason Kenney best rival Brian Jean.“The Alberta Crown Prosecution Service (ACPS) has closely monitored this matter to ensure the file is appropriately managed,” Langley said.“As independent prosecutors, our role includes continually reassessing matters based on the latest information we have available.“Based on recent information, the ACPS will seek an out-of-province prosecutor to provide advice to police on any matters arising during the investigation.”It has been alleged that the former UCP leadership candidate was in the race solely for the purposes of attacking Jean, allowing Kenney to remain above the fray. Several people linked to Callaway’s campaign have been fined a total of $71,000.RCMP have also been investigating whether people were signed up for UCP memberships without their knowledge or if false email addresses were used to obtain voting PINs from party members.After voting started, Jean and Doug Schweitzer — now the province’s justice minister — tried to have the leadership race suspended because of concerns of voter fraud. Earlier this week, he rebuffed calls for the appointment of an independent prosecutor.Langley said the role of the appointed prosecutor will be to give advice to Mounties.“Prosecutors do not oversee investigations,” Langley said.“The ACPS will not be involved in this matter. Accordingly, the ACPS will not have further comment on this matter.“As before, the RCMP continue to investigate this matter independently, both of government and the prosecution service.”