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Alberta legislature Speaker apologizes for openly opposing COVID-19 health restrictions

The Speaker of the Alberta legislature is apologizing for publicly opposing the government’s COVID-19 health restrictions.

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In a statement read in the debate chamber, Nathan Cooper says it’s paramount that the Speaker remain neutral, and he says he crossed the line on that fundamental responsibility.

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Speakers are picked from one of the legislature parties and are expected to be impartial given they control debate in the house.

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Last week, Cooper joined several other members of Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative backbench in opposing the government’s revised health restrictions, aimed at reducing the spread of COVID1-19.

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In an open letter, they said the new restrictions are a backward step, and promise to continue to fight for the livelihoods and freedoms of Albertans.

Prior to the apology, Kenney said that in 24 years as a parliamentarian he had never before witnessed such a profound violation of Speaker neutrality.

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