It was a glitch that could have caused a few provincial politicians to consider packing their offices after thinking Premier Ed Stelmach had called a snap election on Wednesday night.
Speaker Ken Kowalski said it was a “glitch,” not a hacker that caused a page on the Legislative Assembly’s website to display a short message stating information about MLAs was no longer available because an election writ had been dropped.
Kowalski blamed the message on a programming malfunction caused from an upgrade to the part of the website that launches newly expanded audio and video streaming of House and committee proceedings. A component of a new programming code triggered the posting of the message, said Kowalski.
“When I saw it, my heart took a turn because it was more embarrassing than anything else,” said Kowalski. “This was unfortunate and I am sorry about it.”
When asked if there will be any moves to reprimand government web programmers, Kowalski said they are embarrassed just as much a he is.
“They’re all embarrassed — needless to say I’m embarrassed,” said Kowalski.
“So if I’m embarrassed, it goes right down the ranks to everybody else and it means they are doubly embarrassed. So that’s probably enough reprimand.”