Opinion | Alberta government suffers self-inflicted wound by firing election commissioner

Politics in Alberta is taking a turn from the bizarre to the surreal to the dangerous.

On Monday, the UCP government announced its new Bill 22 would eliminate Lorne Gibson’s job as the province’s independent election commissioner.

The news hit like a bombshell. Gibson has been investigating fiscal wrongdoing in the UCP’s 2017 leadership race, and has so far levied more than $200,000 in fines against UCP members.

And now, he is about to be axed.