January 15th, 2021

More UCP members travelled over holidays, despite advice to avoid unnecessary trips

By The Canadian Press on January 2, 2021.

CALGARY – Two more members of Alberta’s United Conservative government travelled abroad over the holidays despite widespread recommendations to stay home in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

A spokeswoman for Alberta’s premier says MLA Jeremy Nixon has been ordered to cut short his trip to Hawaii and return home, while another government member has apologized for travelling to the U.S.

Christine Myatt issued an email statement saying Nixon, who represents the riding of Calgary-Klein, “will be returning on the earliest available flight.”

Myatt also directed inquiries about Calgary-Peigan MLA Tanya Fir to a facebook post in which the legislator apologized for travelling to the U.S. to visit her sister.

The post says Fir has since returned home.

Premier Jason Kenney issued an order on Friday forbidding all of his caucus members and senior staff from traveling outside Canada unless it’s for government business after it emerged that his municipal affairs minister spent the holidays in Hawaii.

Kenney says that while he should have issued such a directive earlier, those who went abroad over the holidays will not face sanctions as they did not violate any firm rules.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 2, 2021.

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