Smith appoints scandal-plagued former Alberta premier to Invest Alberta board
Smith appoints scandal-plagued former Alberta premier to Invest Alberta board

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has appointed Alison Redford to the board of the provincial investment attraction agency.

Redford was known for her short lived and scandal-ridden tenure as Alberta’s premier in the early 2010s.

Redford has been appointed to the board of directors of the Invest Alberta Corporation, which expedites business operations, fosters collaboration, and “goes the extra mile to ensure long-term success for businesses,” according to its website.

Redford resigned in March 2014 after three years as Alberta premier following a series of controversies.

The most infamous incident, now dubbed the “sky palace,” saw the former premier spend millions of taxpayer dollars to renovate the top suite of the Queen Elizabeth Building to use as her own private quarters.

She would also book every seat on the government’s planes but travel with just one or two close staff members, leaving the remaining seats empty. Redford was eventually forced to reimburse a $45,000 bill for a trip to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

She also acknowledged that she used the government planes to fly her daughter’s friends around, and repaid the equivalent airfare of $3,100.The former premier is replacing Laura Daniels.

She will be compensated for her role on the board. Remuneration for board members ranges from over $30,000 to as low as $4,000 according to 2021 information, which is the last publicly available data.

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