Alberta town working around its MLA to get things done: mayor
Slave Lake Mayor Tyler Warman says United Conservative MLA Pat Rehn has not reached out to town council since members issued a public letter a week ago calling for him to resign for non-performance of duties. (File photo)
EDMONTON -- The mayor of Slave Lake, Alta., says the town is now working around its provincial legislature member in order to get things done for the community.
Mayor Tyler Warman says United Conservative MLA Pat Rehn has not reached out to town council since members issued a public letter a week ago calling for him to resign for non-performance of duties.
But Warman says senior provincial officials have called and are working with the town on priority issues.
He says that for almost two years council has told Rehn in person and by letter that it's unhappy with him for failing to show up for meetings and for not reading briefing materials for ones he did attend.
The mayor says the last straw came when Rehn was found to be among some UCP MLAs who left Canada over Christmas to vacation in sunny hot spots, despite the government urging Albertans to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
High Prairie, another community in Rehn's constituency of Lesser Slave Lake, is now debating the draft of its own censure letter to Rehn for poor performance.
Rehn's constituency office declined to make him available for an interview, but in a recent Facebook post Rehn says he remains committed to serving the people of his constituency.