November 8, 2007
Speaker confirms technical glitch
Edmonton—“I can now confirm that it was a computer glitch that caused the temporary posting of a web page on the Assembly website indicating an election had been called,” said Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “Our staff worked very quickly to correct the error and I appreciate their rapid response to a situation that could not have been foreseen. We do regret any confusion this may have caused to the public.”
On the evening of November 7, a webpage was displayed on the Legislative Assembly website stating the “writ had been dropped”, or, in other words, a provincial election had been called. This was not the case.
Speaker Kowalski explained that the glitch was the result of an upgrade to the part of the website that launches the newly expanded audio/video streaming for House and committee proceedings. In the course of the upgrade there was a component of the programming code which triggered the posting of the “dropping of the writ” page on the Member biography area of the Assembly’s website.
“When an election is called the Assembly removes all Member biographical information from the website,” explained Speaker Kowalski. “The biographical information page is replaced by the page which was posted last night by computer default.”