After dooming a conservative premier and catching another one in a scandal, should politicians stop using the ‘Sky Palace’?
Thursday marks a year since Jason Kenney was caught breaking COVID-19 social gathering protocols on the rooftop patio of the federal building, alongside Finance Minister Travis Toews, then Health Minister Tyler Shandro, and Parks and Environment Minister Jason Nixon.
Some consider the ‘Sky Palace’ to be a monument of conservative entitlement and superiority in the province, and the New Democrats say they want to put a stop to that.
“We need to blow away the stench of entitlement from the space once and for all. The Sky Palace is owned by Albertans, and it is only right that it should be used and enjoyed by Albertans,” said Rod Layola, infrastructure critic for the Alberta NDP.
“An NDP government would immediately open up the Sky Palace to the people of Alberta and transform it from a closed off space by Conservative elites to a public space available for use by any non-profit, community, cultural, or any other group that would seek to utilize it.”
The nickname ‘Sky Palace’ was given to the top floor of the federal building after former premier Allison Redford contracted builders to construct a penthouse for her.
She was later forced out of politics.