Seven members of Alberta’s provincial government have been punished for taking holidays outside Canada, despite guidelines urging people to stop traveling during the epidemic.
The Alberta chief previously refused to approve the officers for his holiday trip, but on Monday Jason Kenny retaliated, announcing that he had fired his chief of staff and the resignation of his municipal affairs minister is accepted.
Kenny also appointed five other members of his United Conservative Party (UCP) to travel abroad in recent weeks.
The growing scandal has put UCP in more disarray as Alberta fights the highest rate of active coronavirus cases in Canada.
Before the Christmas holidays, authorities across the country, including Alberta, begged to stay home to prevent an increase in cases.
But a string of leaders at the federal or provincial level have acknowledged taking vacations outside the country, raising fears that their behavior may undermine confidence in Canada’s fight against the epidemic.
Conservative jurist David Sweet announced his resignation as chairman of a parliamentary committee on Monday after announcing that he would travel to the United States and “for rest” without informing party officials.
Last week, Ontario’s finance minister resigned after taking a secret Caribbean vacation to St. Barts, and attempted to cover his track on social media.
A similar scandal occurred in Alberta, when it emerged that Tracy Allard, the minister for municipal affairs – and a key figure in the province’s Kovid-19 vaccine strategy – had gone on air travel.
Kenny’s Chief of Staff, Jamie Huckabe, also spent time in the UK over the holidays. Huckabay was forced to return via the US as flights between the UK and Canada were suspended over Kovid tension, the version previously revealed in the UK.
Kanei resented the weekend after initially declining to approve any party members, arguing that “there was no public health order or legal impediment” except for the holidays.
However, on Monday, he was forced into a U-turn and accused his Scoflav party members of “performing”[ing] Very bad decision ”.
“Millions of Alberts have made real sacrifices over the past 10 months to help keep each other safe. They are right to be angry with people about holiday posts outside the country, ”Kenny wrote on Facebook.
#ResignKenney remained in trend in Canada over the weekend while political opponents on the left refused to deny Caney’s penalty.
New Democratic (NDP) leader, Rachel Knolly, said, “This is a complete failure of leadership.”
Even the newspapers at the Center have condemned the premiere.
“An editorial in the Admiral’s Journal states that the Kenyan government should reduce morality and credibility in convincing Albertans to accept public health-related recommendations.”
More broadly, violating the rules without the risk of consequences results in reducing the sense of collective action in fighting the virus, political scientist Lori Turnbull said.
“Does the government really believe their own message? Do they think it’s okay to travel? Don’t they think the following are guidelines? ” he said. “This is not about a person using bad judgment. It is a systemic drawback of following the guidelines that the government itself is following. “
At the federal level, two Liberal parliamentary secretaries – Kamal Khera and Sameer Zubri – have stepped aside from their roles after memorials for family members or the home of sick relatives.
NDP member Nikki Ashton has snatched her shadow critic roles in Parliament after visiting her grandmother in Greece without telling the leader, Jagmeet Singh.
Turnbull said that traveling with compassion can also give the wrong message when residents make personal sacrifices during an epidemic.
“There are people who are living close to family members and who are not able to be with them when they die. Being separated from each other has been one of the most frightening, sad parts of this epidemic, ”she said. “Many feel that politicians are breaking this rule – but we can’t.”
As the federal government warned that the rise in new cases is likely followed by Christmas and New Year celebrations, Turnbull warned that there could be a long-term political decline.
“To be in elected office is a privileged position. You are holding that office, but it is not yours. This office is associated with democracy … and really, really have to be careful, because your actions can have lasting consequences. “