Alberta's chief electoral officer is launching an investigation into donations made to the Progressive Conservative party by the owner of the Edmonton Oilers, Daryl Katz.
Documents from Elections Alberta released last week show that Katz, members of his family, and his company donated at least $300,000 to the Tories during last spring's election — the same time the province was being asked for $100 million towards a new arena in downtown Edmonton.
Each individual received a receipt for $30,000, the maximum amount for a donation by an individual or organization under Alberta election law.
However, a report in the Globe and Mail last week alleges that the amount was $430,000, given to the party in a single cheque.
Last week, the leaders of the Wildrose and Alberta NDP parties filed complaints about the donations to Chief Electoral Officer Brian Fjeldheim.