MLA-elect Jason Stephan misses swearing-in ceremony due to pre-prepared getaway

rdnewsNOW achieved out to his constituency workplace, but didn’t listen to again. He also hasn’t posted anything on social media.

But the UCP caucus did deliver a statement, which points out Stephan’s whereabouts.

“MLA Stephan is on a previously planned excursion out-of-province with loved ones,” suggests Tim Gerwing, Communications Director, UCP caucus.

“He will be sworn in prior to the Legislature sits once more in the slide. Staying sworn in permits an MLA to choose his or her seat in the chamber. MLA Stephan will not overlook any of his legislative obligations mainly because of this trip.”

Gerwing did not specify the precise character of the trip.

The property is currently adjourned till the Speech from the Throne on October 30.

An hour immediately after publishing our tale early Wednesday afternoon, the Opposition NDP introduced a statement on the issue involving Stephan.

“Barring an emergency predicament, it is incumbent on all MLA-elects to be sworn-in and start off the get the job done of symbolizing their constituents as shortly as possible. MLAs can not commence this function prior to they are officially sworn-in. The simple fact that Jason Stephan selected to be travelling outside the province somewhat than fulfilling his obligations to the folks of Pink Deer is very disrespectful, not just to his constituents but all Albertans,” states Christina Gray, NDP Residence Chief.

“This 7 days, our bash swore in 36 MLAs but experienced two MLA-elects eliminated from our swearing-in ceremony owing to conditions further than their management, as the UCP pursued judicial recounts. Knowing how this brief delay negatively impacted them, I am deeply troubled that the MLA-elect for Pink Deer-South would so casually defer his responsibilities. Additionally, Jason Stephan is not a rookie. He is familiar with the approach for swearing-in. Picking to depart your constituents devoid of illustration is a shameful display of contempt for the Albertans who voted for him.

“The folks of Purple Deer should have greater,” Grey added.

As mentioned, there have been 49 UCP MLAs elected, however that amount was efficiently 48, as Jennifer Johnson, the party’s unique applicant in Lacombe-Ponoka, had been dismissed from the party’s ranks mid-campaign.

She remained outlined as UCP on the ballot, on the other hand, and won the riding in a landslide.

Johnson was sworn in as MLA this week also, now formally shown as an Independent.

Johnson’s removal from caucus came right after offensive remarks of hers from previous 12 months arrived to mild in the course of the election marketing campaign.

She later apologized, with Premier Danielle Smith going on to say that Johnson has “a whole lot of perform to do” to locate her way back into the party’s caucus.