Alberta Premier Accepts Resignations and Demotes MLAs over Travelgate

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Alberta Premier Kenney

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has accepted resignations, and demoted MLAs in an effort to recover from Travelgate.

Taking to Facebook the Alberta Premier said, “Albertans have every right to expect that people in positions of public trust be held to a higher standard of conduct during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Millions of Albertans have made real sacrifices over the past 10 months to help keep each other safe. They are right to be angry about people in positions of leadership vacationing outside of the country.

“Last Friday, I took responsibility for not having been clear enough with members of the government caucus and others in positions of leadership that they should not travel abroad. Over the weekend, I have listened to Albertans who are sending a clear message that they want real consequences for these actions.

“That is why I have accepted the resignation of Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard and have asked my Chief of Staff Jamie Huckabay to step down, which he has done.

:I have also accepted the resignation of MLA Jeremy Nixon as Parliamentary Secretary for Civil Society and MLA Jason Stephan from Treasury Board. They as well as MLAs Tanya Fir, Pat Rehn, and Tany Yao have lost their Legislature committee responsibilities.
By travelling abroad over the holidays, these individuals demonstrated extremely poor judgment.

“Transportation Minister Ric McIver will serve as interim Minister of Municipal Affairs, and my Principal Secretary Larry Kaumeyer will serve as interim Chief of Staff.”

On New Year’s Day the Premier tried to move past the growing anger of Albertans. Social media posts flared up calling for the Premier to take action.