Setting the record straight
| Posted: Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014 06:00 am
It is unfortunate that the St. Albert Gazette chose to mislead readers and vilify me and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Feb. 1 editorial Harper trying to steal Rathgeber’s thunder.
What is particularly disconcerting is that the St. Albert Gazette failed to even contact my office ahead of time to inquire as to whether their editorial was factually correct and has ignored multiple requests to address this issue. The St. Albert Gazette’s lack of professionalism on this matter is disappointing.
I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight – I personally invited MP Brent Rathgeber to participate in the $190,000 funding announcement for the Friends of the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival Society, as the member of Parliament for St. Albert. It was Mr. Rathgeber's choice not to attend.
To politicize this event and discredit worthy recipients is unacceptable. This funding brings much needed stability over a two-year period for the organization and I thought it was important to have a member of Parliament there to make this announcement, as did the Friends of the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival Society. Therefore, I was more than happy to come out and talk about the fantastic job the society is doing and how it benefits not only Albertans, but our society as a whole.
Brian Storseth, member of Parliament, Westlock-St. Paul