Elections Canada data reveals that the supposedly “independent” Alberta Lieutenant-Governor Salma Lakhani has donated over $27,000 to the federal Liberals.
The revelation comes after Lakhani said she would launch an independent review of United Conservative Party leadership contender Danielle Smith’s Alberta Sovereignty Act before giving the bill royal assent.
Contribution records indicate that Lakhani, a Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointee, is a long-time supporter of the governing Liberals.
Lakhani’s first donation was in October 2008. The Alberta Lieutenant-Governor donated regularly to the Liberals until April 28, 2020 — just months before she swore an oath of allegiance on August 26, 2020.
Her largest donation to the Liberals was $1,300. Other donations totalled $919.98, $896.88 and $688.38.
The Lieutenant-Governor donated a total of $27,406.38 to the Liberals.
“Ms. Lakhani is devoted to supporting people in her community, from new immigrants and young people, to women and families,” Trudeau said of her appointment. “As Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, I know she will serve the people of her province and our country well, and continue to be a source of inspiration for all Canadians.”
Smith’s proposed law would void federal legislation deemed harmful to Alberta’s interests. Polls show Smith is leading her six opponents in the race to become Alberta’s Premier.
“As (Smith) has said repeatedly, she will work collaboratively with caucus to ensure the Sovereignty Act is drafted in accordance with sound constitutional language and principles,” the Smith campaign told The Counter Signal.
Other leadership contenders have condemned Lakhani’s interference, including Brian Jean, who said he was “extremely uncomfortable” with the Lieutenant-Governor’s comments.
“That said, Danielle Smith’s lack of clarity on this issue is already causing a constitutional crisis,” Jean tweeted.
“To end this controversy, Smith must produce the text of the Sovereignty Act before UCP members vote.”
Lakhani said she is prepared for the backlash from Albertans who think her role is solely ceremonial.
UCP members will elect a new leader and Premier on October 6.