Ousted NDP MLA re­turns at be­hest of con­stituents

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - EMMA GRANEY

ED­MON­TON Cal­gary-East MLA Robyn Luff re­turned to the leg­is­la­ture Wed­nes­day, end­ing her protest over what she con­sid­ered mis­treat­ment at the hands of her for­mer party.

Walk­ing up the mar­ble stairs to the cham­ber for the first time since be­ing booted from the NDP cau­cus, Luff said it felt good to be back.

“I can’t say I would have ex­pected to find my­self here, but this is where I am,” she said.

“My con­stituents have been very clear that they want me to go back ... and I’m happy to do so.”

Luff be­gan the fall ses­sion by re­fus­ing to sit in the leg­is­la­ture, protest­ing what she called a “cul­ture of fear and in­tim­i­da­tion” in the NDP that doesn’t let MLAs prop­erly rep­re­sent their con­stituents.

In a se­ries of open let­ters, Luff out­lined her com­plaints against party brass, in­clud­ing Premier Rachel Not­ley, and said she wouldn’t re­turn un­til the cul­ture changed.

In­stead, she was kicked out of the cau­cus, with the NDP say­ing it had lost con­fi­dence in Luff ’s abil­ity to par­tic­i­pate as a pro­duc­tive and trust­wor­thy mem­ber of the team.

Luff’s’s re­turn to the cham­ber fol­lowed a meet­ing with the Speaker who asked her to put her con­cerns in writ­ing so he can fol­low up. In that let­ter she plans to out­line the need for a third-party process to in­ves­ti­gate com­plaints of ha­rass­ment or bul­ly­ing.


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