The final debate among all prospective Progressive Conservative leadership candidates heated up when Jim Prentice accused his rivals, Thomas Lukaszuk and Ric McIver, of failing to confront or complain about practices of former premier Alison Redford. The debate was hosted by the PC Youth Association in downtown Edmonton on Thursday.
The debate fired up when Prentice alleged that Mr. McIver did not stop listening to his bosses until the opportunity to become premier was clearly in sight. Moreover, Prentice went on and accused Lukaszuk of being aware of Redford’s wrongdoing. He said to him that “you sat silently. There was no excuse. You’re either complicit in what was going on or you refused to stand up for what is right. In either event, you failed Albertans.” He alleged that “people who were at the table have unanswered questions. You can’t sit silent for three years after this ill-fated Grande Prairie flight and not say a single word. This defies explanation and people need to be held to account.”