Turfed NDP MLA won’t run again
But a political expert says she’s ‘hopelessly naive’ about the role of backbenchers
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 sent to the media, Luff made serious allegations against the government caucus, including that they were muting members’ voices in the legislature, covering up sexual impropriety allegations and controlling the party too much. She also said that
democracy is under threat, with the premier’s office having too much control and the caucus being whipped to vote certain ways too often. However, political scientists say most of the concerns raised by Luff surrounding the democratic process are completely normal parts of Canada’s parliamentary system.
The government caucus denied all the allegations, and
party MLAs met on Monday night, where they decided to kick Luff out of caucus, saying in a statement they had “lost confidence in her ability to participate as a productive and trustworthy member of the government caucus.”
On Tuesday, Luff put out another statement with wideranging allegations and said she was done with politics.
“I want to make it clear that
I will not be joining any other party in the legislature,” Luff said, adding she won’t be running in the next provincial election either.
Luff said the party silenced her when she wanted to bring forward issues for her constituents revolving around rent control, education and concerns over the carbon levy.
Robyn Luff says she has felt bullied by NDP leadership and can't properly represent her constituents.