Opponents gang up on Mar in leadership debate

Former health minister criticized for lofty “transition” payout

Alberta Tory frontrunner and Gary Mar came under heavy fire from his two opponents, Alison Redford and Doug Horner, on Wednesday during an hour-long televised debate ahead of Saturday’s party leadership vote. Mar, Alberta’s former health minister, faced criticism for accepting a $478,499 MLA transition allowance after leaving office in 2007. Mar had promised to defer that payment, but accepted it in 2008. Both Redford and Horner face long odds if they hope to topple Mar, who captured 41 per cent of party members’ votes in the first ballot on September 17.

Calgary Herald

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