August 7, 2014 6:36 pm
Updated: August 8, 2014 1:55 am

Social media frenzy follows release of scathing report on Alison Redford’s expenses


Watch above: Online Producer Caley Ramsay shares some of the social media reaction to the auditor general’s report. 

EDMONTON – A scathing report by Alberta’s auditor general into the expenses of former premier Alison Redford’s office caused a stir on social media Thursday.

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On Twitter, the hashtag #ableg was used on tweets about Alberta provincial politics nearly 7,000 times in the past day, according to Topsy, a social search and analytics company.

In his report, Auditor General Merwan Saher concluded that Redford used government aircraft for personal and partisan purposes, and was involved in a plan to convert space in a public building into personal living space, referred to as the “sky palace.”

Saher said “the aura of power around premier Redford and her office and the perception that the influence of the office should not be questioned” led to inappropriate spending.

READ MORE: Redford’s misuse of travel spending caused by ‘aura of power’: auditor general

The report also led to some creative hashtags, including #FakesOnAPlane, #AuraOfPower and #MistakesWereMade.



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