Jason Kenney announces resignations of international jet-setting minister and chief of staff

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      A winter tan is not good for a Canadian politician's career prospects this January.

      On New Year's Day, Alberta premier Jason Kenney took responsibility for several of his United Conservative Party caucus members and political staff travelling abroad against the recommendations of public-health officials.

      At that time, Kenney said he would not be disciplining them.

      But today, there's been a stunning new development: a bunch of them have resigned from various positions.

      The jet-setting politicians will keep their seats in the legislature.

      The highest-profile member of the group, Tracy Allard, stepped down as the minister of municipal affairs.

      In addition, Kenney asked his chief of staff, Jamie Huckabay, to quit, which he did.

      Huckabay travelled to the U.K. and returned to Canada via the United States.

      "I have also accepted the resignation of MLA Jeremy Nixon as Parliamentary Secretary for Civil Society and MLA Jason Stephan from Treasury Board," Kenney added. "They as well as MLAs Tanya Fir, Pat Rehn, and Tany Yao have lost their Legislature committee responsibilities."

      Some of those names were not among those identified on New Year's Day as travelling outside of the country.

      MLA Pat Rehn (second from left) appeared in a promotional message urging Albertans to stay home to save lives.

      On many occasions, Canada's public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, has discouraged Canadians from taking nonessential international trips during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      "By travelling abroad over the holidays, these individuals demonstrated extremely poor judgment," Kenney said.

      Alberta's transportation minister, Ric McIver, will be the interim minister of municipal affairs.

      The premier's principal secretary, Larry Kaumeyer, will be the interim chief of staff.