Kenney claims no rules stopped UCP staff and MLAs from travelling abroad during COVID-19 pandemic

Kenney claims no rules stopped UCP staff and MLAs from travelling abroad during COVID-19 pandemic 1


Alta. Premier Jason Kenney says that no rules prevented UCP staffers and MLAs from taking international vacations over the holidays.


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46 Comments on "Kenney claims no rules stopped UCP staff and MLAs from travelling abroad during COVID-19 pandemic"

  1. Ninja Weretiger | January 1, 2021 at 4:01 PM | Reply

    Seriously? Yet others can’t go elsewhere. Nice to know it doesn’t apply to them.

    • Hobo On Wheels | January 1, 2021 at 7:31 PM | Reply

      General population is travelling, an acquaintance is in Mexico, some are willing to do the due diligence and get tests. But they aren’t in the job of telling others what to do.

    • JackJack Thompson | January 1, 2021 at 8:44 PM | Reply

      @Raynus 1 you are totally missing the point and you know it, The reason they have been recommending avoiding non essential travel since MARCH is because things can change fast (see UK recently) and you are in a greater position to get sick while traveling but will get a hospital bed too while at home. Yes, it wasn’t illegal. But no, they didn’t follow the health guidelines that asked Canadians they avoid non essential travel abroad. All these excuses sound horribly childish. Everyone in the country knows that the recommendation is to not travel abroad, especially political staffers that didn’t lose a dime or hour of work all year. Plus they should be the example, i.e, set a HIGHER standard. It’s shameful. Nobody is saying it was illegal. It was wrong and they look like hypocrites.

    • @John Wang quarantine was never ‘advised’ and was always mandated.

    • @JackJack Thompson Uhmmmm…no….you’re more likely to get sick going to the grocery store than travelling. That’s fact, not my words, but science.

    • That’s conservatives for you

  2. What happened to “We’re all in this together ” ?

  3. Crass Bandercoot | January 1, 2021 at 4:17 PM | Reply

    literally the definition of “Rules for thee, but not for me.”

  4. “Do what we say, not what we do”

  5. “It’s not illegal” does not mean “It’s not wrong”

  6. Government reason? They can use PC for all meetings with foreign leaders. No more traveling!!!!

  7. This is being repeated by politicians across the country. Hypocritical to the bone

  8. Robert Richards | January 1, 2021 at 4:23 PM | Reply

    Too late Kenny. Damage is already done. Anything less than resignations won’t fly. Hypocrisy at this the highest levels of leadership requires significant consequences.

    • Nah. This is just politically expedient for the opposition. If it was the NDP there would be no push for resignation. Kenney took responsibility and is adjusting rules for public servants. Something a leader would do. No other politician has done that so far.

    • @Hazen

  9. Trevor Holmes | January 1, 2021 at 4:24 PM | Reply

    Don’t set the example or anything. Go figure

  10. Why would anybody be surprised by this? Classic Kenney. Leading by example – NOT.

  11. So these ministers that leave the country on vacation, they don’t think they’re doing anything wrong but at the same time keep their trips secret? Their bosses say didn’t know they were leaving the country and now have to act shocked and upset? Oh yeah that’s all very believable. “Now that the holidays are over, I’m ordering no more vacations” What a useless statement. We’ll remember this at the next election.

  12. Kenney: Everything before we got caught doesn’t count.

  13. I will NOT vote for your party anymore, Kenney!!!

  14. sheila williamson | January 1, 2021 at 4:37 PM | Reply

    Who scared they’re losing their jobs! This is bullsh*t!

  15. If you can’t see the problem with your MLA taking a full wage right now jettsetting while you bankrupt Albertans right now you are beyond help
    Your just as bad as notley and Trudeau

  16. Steve Leighton | January 1, 2021 at 4:42 PM | Reply

    Always able to travel when you don’t get laid off. They are travelling on our money plain and simple.

  17. Canadian: “hey g00gle, set a reminder for the next provincial election about the actions/inactions and excuses made here today”
    G00gle: “sure, reminder is set for the next provincial election”

  18. Cameron Harrison | January 1, 2021 at 4:51 PM | Reply

    You are an embarrassment to Albertans Kenny, do the right thing, she needs to be fired.

  19. Kenny !!! You are just another NON essential politician !!!

  20. Clinton Johnson | January 1, 2021 at 4:55 PM | Reply

    This is not leadership, it is just excuses after getting caught.

    • shawn collison | January 1, 2021 at 7:46 PM | Reply

      I actually think it is leadership because the easy thing would have been to fire her. He says that he is taking responsibility for not being clear enough. Although, it shouldn’t have to be spelled out, it seems that it was not stated explicitly that his staff and MLAs should not travel outside the country. However, I think that it shows terrible judgement on Allard’s part and she probably should resign. Phillips took it to another level with his fireside chat.

    • Jason Spoonheim | January 1, 2021 at 9:19 PM | Reply

      Copout….what does taking responsibility mean when there is no consequence?

    • That’s how conservatives are

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