A war of words has broken out broke out between the NDP’s David Forbes and Central Services Minister Ken Cheveldayoff after a conflict-of-interest allegation.
Forbes feels there could be a conflict of interest with Cheveldayoff because he is overseeing a possible sell-off of some government buildings no longer being used and he has “deep ties” to the real estate sector.
That accusation angered Cheveldayoff, as he said Forbes and the NDP are guilty of what he calls a “drive-by smear”.
Cheveldayoff says this tactic is nothing more than a personal attack and is why some good people shy away from entering the political arena.
“Quite honestly, this is why people think twice about getting involved with politics because members and their families have to face things like this,” said Cheveldayoff.
Cheveldayoff says he has given all the information needed on his real estate holdings to the conflict of interest commissioner.
The war of words was brought to a quick end when the Speaker Mark Docherty, citing past instances, told Forbes the remarks needed to be withdrawn, which he later did do.