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Political donation from Oilers owner raises eyebrows

Oct 25, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

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Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz is coming under fire after it was learned he made $300,000 in donations to Alberta Premier Alison Redford’s political party.

Considering Katz has been attempting to build a new downtown arena for the Oilers and its construction hinges partly on a $100 million contribution from the province, it’s easy to see why this is a story.

What’s more, the maximum allowable donation from an individual is $30,000.

Granted, that limit wasn’t technically exceeded as the total contribution was split into smaller donations from Katz’s family members and employees.

The province maintains the donation didn’t buy any promises and is sticking by its original stance that no provincial money will go directly towards the arena. However, the city is free to take $100 million out of a fund the province grants municipalities for infrastructure projects.

  1. hockeyflow33 - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Just who is this supposed to be surprising to? This is how politics work.

  2. solador78 - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    “Granted, that limit wasn’t technically exceeded as the total contribution was split into smaller donations from Katz’s family members and employees.”

    The Charbonneau commission has equated that to corruption and revealed that this is the standard operating procedure of the mafia.

    The NHL and their lawyers Heenan Blaikie are nothing more than mobsters.

  3. murtdurt - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    The flames will be watching the province closely if they throw the oilers any money. What they do for 1 they will have to do for the other and I’m not sure the province wants to dole out $200 million for 2 new stadiums

  4. bcjim - Oct 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    man its lucky he is rich or he’d be getting no chicks.

  5. gmsalpha - Oct 25, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Chicks love his personality, silly. Duh.

    But seriously, good point about Calgary, as the old Dome is in need of a replacement. I’m guessing Katz will get his money in some form or another, and once the hubbub has died down in a few years, the Flames will get a similar deal.

    I’d hate to see either team leave, as Canada needs MORE teams, not less. But I also really hate the game of chess owners and politicians play with one another. And with that said, downtown Edmonton needs a shot in the arm more than Calgary does.

    Man, I hate these stadium shenanigans even though I love urban development and architecture.

  6. truwarier90 - Oct 25, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    he couldn’t spend any money on cutting his helmet hair? or getting lowe a hairpiece?

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