Turfed Al­berta NDP back­bencher won’t run in next elec­tion, cites ‘cul­ture of fear’

StarMetro Calgary - - NEWS - KIERAN LEAVITT

ED­MON­TON—On her way out the door, turfed NDP MLA Robyn Luff has taken a scorched earth pol­icy and is mak­ing al­le­ga­tions about the Al­berta govern­ment which range from fun­da­men­tal demo­cratic in­frac­tions to the si­lenc­ing of sex­ual im­pro­pri­ety al­le­ga­tions.

On Mon­day, Luff, who rep­re­sents Cal­gary-East, sent a let­ter to me­dia say­ing she’d be tem­po­rar­ily not sit­ting in the leg­is­la­ture as a way to protest what she called the “cul­ture of fear” in the govern­ment cau­cus and bul­ly­ing that she says si­lenced her. Luff said she couldn’t rep­re­sent her con­stituents be­cause ques­tions and state­ments made in the leg­is­la­ture were tightly con­trolled by party lead­er­ship.

In two pre­pared state­ments, Luff made se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions against the govern­ment cau­cus, in­clud­ing that they were mut­ing mem­bers’ voices in the leg­is­la­ture and cov­er­ing up sex­ual im­pro­pri­ety al­le­ga­tions.

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Robyn Luff says she's felt bul­lied by NDP lead­er­ship and can't prop­erly rep­re­sent her con­stituents.

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