Horner tells PC caucus he won't resign
Email to Tory colleagues outlines response to opposition 'spin'
Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 06:00 am
No comments were forthcoming from local MLA Doug Horner after an email he apparently sent to members of the Progressive Conservative caucus was revealed to the media.
Since the auditor-general’s special report into former premier Alison Redford’s office’s expenses and use of the government aircraft fleet was released last week, opposition parties have been crying out for Finance Minister Horner to resign.
Horner, as the finance minister and the president of the Treasury Board, has charge of the government fleet. He said last week that his department is in charge of the policy and maintaining the fleet, but that the proper use of the planes and who boards them is the responsibility of the minister ordering the flight.
From the text of the letter, which was published by the Calgary Herald, it appears some members of the Tory caucus would agree with the calls for Horner’s resignation.
“Friends it has come to my attention that some of you think I should step down because of this and some of the other difficult files that I have had the privilege to manage over the last two years,” Horner writes. “I will not, the truth is my defense and my contribution to serious files that affect Albertans, the party and our future I am very proud of.”
Horner said he doesn’t fear the Wildrose opposition, but does fear the loss of respect of his colleagues and supporters.
When contacted for contact, Horner’s press secretary said the email was of a personal nature and the finance minister had no further comment at this time.