By The Canadian Press on January 5, 2021.
EDMONTON – Two Alberta cabinet ministers say they’ve been getting an earful from constituents about their colleagues jetting off to tropical locales contrary to public-health guidelines – and that they’re right to be angry.
Premier Jason Kenney announced on social media Monday that municipal affairs minister Tracy Allard had resigned over her trip to Hawaii and that five backbenchers had been stripped of responsibilities over their jaunts to sunny destinations.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro says the United Conservative government was elected on hard work and humility and that some members of the team forgot that.
Transportation Minister Ric McIver, who is handling Allard’s municipal affairs portfolio on an interim basis, says constituents have been yelling and using hard language and that the government is getting the message.
Shandro says he last left the province over the Labour Day weekend for a trip to British Columbia, while McIver says he travelled to Ontario in November to see his ailing mother.
Meanwhile, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he was aware that his chief of staff and an administrative assistant in his office individually travelled to Hawaii during the Christmas break and that he now wishes he had pushed back.
On Tuesday, Alberta reported 843 new cases of COVID-19 over the past day. About 8.2 per cent of tests in that time came back positive.
There were 26 more deaths in the province, one of which was a continuing-care home worker in the Edmonton area, the second Alberta health care worker to die from the novel coronavirus.
There are 919 people in hospital with the virus, and 140 of them are in intensive care.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published January 5, 2021.