By Jonathon Van Maren
As it turns out, the Alberta New Democratic Party of Premier Rachel Notley and her thuggish Education Minister David Eggen is not only guilty of bullying private religious schools—their intolerance for anyone who might want to speak or think for themselves extends even to those in their own party. According to CTV News:
Calgary-East MLA Robyn Luff has been kicked out of government caucus after she refused to sit in the legislature amid allegations of bullying by the NDP leadership.
The NDP released a statement on Monday evening and said MLAs had met in Edmonton and decided to remove Luff because of her actions and because they ‘have lost confidence in her ability to participate as a productive and trustworthy member of the government caucus.’
Luff was absent from the legislature on Monday and refused to sit in protest of a ‘culture of fear and intimidation’ that she says prevents MLAs from properly representing their constituents. In an open letter to Albertans, Luff said she ‘felt bullied by the NDP leadership for over 3 and a half years and it must stop.’
Minister of Transportation and Government House Leader, Brian Mason, spoke to reporters at the legislature on Monday and said members have the opportunity to speak their minds but that he doesn’t agree with ‘the characterization that it amounted to bullying.’
Luff responded to Mason’s comments on twitter and tweeted that she would be releasing a statement in response on Tuesday. She posted a letter to her Facebook page saying that she is ‘disappointed’ in the NDP’s decision to remove her from caucus.
In the post, Luff says she wanted to ‘work toward a solution to address the problem of fear and intimidation within the party’ and that the fact she was removed from caucus reinforces her position that ‘a culture of bullying exists.’
‘Since I have come out publicly, I have had staff members, party members, and caucus members tell me, all confidentially, that they have felt this too, but are too scared to come forward, and I will not breach their trust in me. The greatest blow of all is to be told my fellow NDP colleagues have voted me out, and that they are all complicit, every one of them,’ said the post in part.
She also responded to Brian Mason’s comments saying,
“I am also disappointed and very saddened in Brian Mason’s comments to the media that “people have to realize that’s the way government works.” I refuse to believe that the way government works is that all members of the same party have to agree in public all the time. I think that this assumption is a disservice to democracy. I believe he shouted in opposition for years that it shouldn’t work this way.”
Luff says she will not be joining another party and that she will not be running in next year’s election.
The very politicians who have spent the last several years pushing parents around, smearing religious and private schools, and slandering all those who disagree with their post-modern views on sexuality and other matters are apparently also willing to create a “culture of bullying” in the Alberta NDP itself, with cowed MLAs and staffers afraid to speak their mind. And when a democratically elected MLA complained about the “culture of fear and intimidation,” she promptly got ejected from the party entirely.
What a surprise.
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