Published: September 24, 2021
Victorious Liberal Calgary-Skyview candidate George Chahal is under investigation by the Calgary Police Service’s anti-corruption unit after a surveillance video emerged of him pilfering an opponent’s election literature from a mailbox.
Police said someone filed a complaint on Thursday and it’s now under investigation.
Video from a doorbell cam shows Chahal appearing to pick up a campaign postcard and remove it from a front porch.
He wasn’t very disguised in his efforts, wearing a jersey with his name on the back.
“The report has been directed to our anti-corruption unit that handles investigations of a sensitive nature or involving a public official. We are in the very early stages of the investigation and at this point, we have not yet determined if the investigation will remain with CPS or be transitioned to another investigative body, such as Elections Canada,” CPS said in a statement.
Chahal’s campaign manager, Randall Zalazar, admitted Chahal did it, but had a good reason.
“While dropping off polling info flyers prior to polls opening on Election Day, George removed a piece of campaign literature that identified an incorrect polling location for the person residing at the address,” he said in an e-mail to CTV News.
“All through election day, campaign volunteers found incorrectly labeled materials across the eastern side of the riding. Our campaign contacted Elections Canada and advised them of the issue.”
Chahal was the only Liberal to win in Calgary, picking up the victory by 3,000 votes.