Premier Alison Redford is facing opposition demands that she be cited for contempt of the legislature for lying and that she step down as leader over a patronage scandal involving her ex-husband.
The opposition Wildrose party has asked Speaker Gene Zwozdesky to rule that Redford deliberately misled the house, while the NDP says the premier has lost the moral authority to govern and must step down until the matter is resolved.
Redford continues to deny accusations that she picked her ex-husband’s law firm to handle the province’s $10-billion lawsuit against Big Tobacco while she was justice minister in 2010.
But newly released department memos and documents suggest Redford did make the decision and that the winner and losers were formally notified while she was still in the job.
The deal with International Tobacco Recovery Lawyers _ which includes her ex-husband Robert Hawkes’s firm _ was finalized in June 2011 by another justice minister, and the government says that’s what’s important.
Hawkes has remained close to Redford professionally and led the transition team when she became premier more than a year ago.