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Presumption of innocence eroded by NDP in Alberta election

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One of the cornerstones of any true democracy is the presumption of innocence. Clearly the Alberta NDP — so desperate to win the April 16 election — has forgotten that. So have other individuals online.

On Sunday, the NDP issued several official news releases dredging up an incident that took place 10 years ago involving Jason Nixon, the United Conservative Party MLA for Rimbey-Rocky Mountain House-Sundre, who is running for re-election of his seat.

NDP officials had to re-write online statements several times Sunday against Nixon, because they couldn’t bother to get facts straight regarding this incident — initially saying he was “convicted” of assault, which is false. He has never been convicted of any crimes.

Also last week, some trolls on Twitter brought up 1999 allegations against NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci, that he fondled a 13-year-old girl way back in 1979. That’s 40 years in the past. Twenty years ago, when the woman decided to sue the then-Calgary alderman, the lawsuit was later dropped.

Is there no end to how far back people will go to expose dirt on politicians?

The Nixon incident took place on Nov. 6, 2009, near Cremona. It primarily involved a then 13-year-old boy, who says he is fine with Postmedia using his name in an “effort to stop the ridiculous lies.” However, because he paid a $150 fine for shooting a deer on private property, it is illegal for Postmedia to reveal his identity, so he is identified as “Matt” for the purposes of this report.

Matt was hunting with a family friend, Earl. After shooting a deer, the pair called Nixon to help them transport the animal. Matt attached a licence tag to the deer, as required by law. While he was doing that, a woman........

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