Edmonton city councillor Mike Nickel called an emergency press conference on Wednesday at city hall to demand an investigation to protect the integrity of municipal elections.
Nickel is concerned that an organization contracted by the incumbent Mayor Don Iveson may be in violation of the laws governing charitable entities in Canada.
Charities, and their revenue and assets, are banned from contributing to partisan campaigning in Canada, specifically in Alberta.
Stratcom is the communications firm Nickel is drawing particular attention to: it has done work for Greenpeace, The Suzuki Foundation, Eco Justice and Environmental Defence as well as several public and private sector unions.
Nickel wants Mayor Iveson to clarify exactly what sorts of data-sharing and financial contracts have been agreed to between the mayor's campaign and the social justice campaign juggernaut which has received funding from D.C. based mega-charity, the New Venture Fund.
Nickel has filed an urgent letter to Premier Jason Kenney to open an inquiry, as well as to the RCMP urging an investigation.