Prab Gill stands by comments slamming UCP as “crooked”

Independent member for Calgary-Greenway, Prab Gill, is tight-lipped over rumours he will join the Freedom Conservative Party.

When asked on his way into the house Wednesday, Gill repeatedly said “no comment,” before adding he has to consult with his constituents before he makes any decisions.

He said he has not yet organized any town hall meetings in his riding.

Gill took the unusual step of raising a point of privilege in the Alberta legislature Tuesday, saying he wanted to clear his name over allegations of misappropriating ballots during a constituency association meeting.

He took the opportunity to slam his former United Conservative Party and its “crooked and racist nomination politics.”

He also railed against an internal UCP investigation into what happened at the meeting. That report, prepared by retired judge Ted Carruthers at the behest of the party, led to Gill leaving the UCP caucus.

Gill said Tuesday he was told the UCP would “use its massive financial resources to bankrupt me in the courts” if he fought to defend his name.

“In my weakness I caved and agreed to quietly sit as an independent. But by not defending myself to my fullest ability I left the impression that I had done something wrong,” he said.

On Wednesday, he said he was only able to briefly read the report before he stood down from the party. He said he didn’t pursue it because he was going through an injury and personal issues at the time, and didn’t realize people he considered to be key witnesses hadn’t been interviewed.

The UCP labelled Gill’s claims “sour grapes,” but Gill stood by his comments Wednesday when asked by media.

Freedom Conservative Party leader Derek Fildebrandt did not stop to answer whether Gill is considering joining his party.

United Conservative Party house leader Jason Nixon is expected to speak to Gill’s claims Wednesday afternoon.

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