Politicians could face uphill battle in regaining public’s trust following travel scandal

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“The out-of-country trips were the final straw,” said Harris Ritchie, who served as a director-at-large on the Calgary-Currie board.

“I stepped down, as a symbolic gesture, to show my displeasure with the party. I loved my board. They were wonderful hard-working members. My MLA, (Nicholas Milliken), was one of the best. I had hoped to come back to the party when and if we got a better leader.”

Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard travelled to Hawaii over the Christmas holidays, ignoring provincial and federal advisories against unnecessary international travel. Photo by Peter Shokeir /Daily Herald-Tribune

Taras said there’s a growing perception that “this is a government that doesn’t care, that flouts its own rules.”

“Are we at the point where the public has made a judgment? In politics, we know that once people have made a judgment it’s very hard to reverse,” he said.

“Unless the public sees a government in action that has a plan to deal with this crisis and roll out vaccines in a way that reaches the public, I think that’s the incandescent moment. Can the government pull this out of the fire?”

NDP deputy leader Sarah Hoffman called on Kenney, who has not spoken publicly since New Year’s Day, to “come out of hiding.”

“All we’ve heard from him since then was a social media post about the resignation of a minister and demotion of a few MLAs. It was cowardly,” she said.

“It’s been five days. Where is the premier?”

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