Rachel Not­ley fires back at ousted MLA’s ‘cul­ture of fear’ claims

StarMetro Edmonton - - EDMONTON - KIERAN LEAVITT

Premier Rachel Not­ley has called a re­cently turfed NDP MLA’s claims that the gov­ern­ment cau­cus is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a “cul­ture of fear” base­less and un­founded.

Her com­ments came Thurs­day, af­ter a week­long protest by Cal­gary-East MLA Robyn Luff re­sulted in the back­bencher get­ting kicked out of the gov­ern­ment cau­cus.

Luff had re­fused to sit in the leg­is­la­ture af­ter she made al­le­ga­tions that she was bul­lied, told she couldn’t write her own state­ments and ques­tions, and worked in a toxic cul­ture.

“We un­der­stand that that mem­ber is not a fan of the par­lia­men­tary sys­tem and would like to have com­plete in­de­pen­dence in all that she does, but that’s not the way that the sys­tem works,” Not­ley told re­porters, who had their first op­por­tu­nity to speak to the premier about the mat­ter while she was at an un­re­lated event. In an in­ter­view, Luff said Not­ley’s com­ments re­gard­ing her not be­ing a fan of the par­lia­men­tary sys­tem were not true. Read the full story at thes­tar.com/ed­mon­ton

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