Accountability act introduced by Alberta government

The Alberta government has introduced new legislation aimed at tightening rules around conflicts of interest, severance packages and travel for political staff.

Bill 2, the Alberta Accountability Act, was tabled Monday afternoon by Justice Minister Jonathan Denis.

The proposed legislation would also eliminate most but not all sole-sourced contracts and would publicly disclose recipients four times a year. 

The bill also extends the cooling-off period for political staff and senior public servants from six to 12 months.

Shortly after taking office in September, Premier Jim Prentice vowed to introduce a bill about increasing transparency and improving government ethics.

His predecessor Alison Redford was criticized by Auditor General Merwan Saher for excessive spending and for using government planes for personal purposes.

Redford stepped down as premier in March amid questions about her spending and leadership style. 

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