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Two weeks late, but MLA Jason Stephan is sworn in

Legislative Assembly of Alberta tweets statement
FILE - Red Deer-South MLA Jason Stephan is officially a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. (Photo by Advocate staff )

Red Deer-South MLA Jason Stephan was sworn in on Wednesday afternoon as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta.

The Legislative Assembly of Alberta tweeted the announcement at 3 p.m.

Stephan, who was not sworn in June 20 along with his UPC colleagues because he had a pre-booked vacation, has been criticized for his absence. The Alberta NDP launched a petition to allow Albertans to register their unhappiness with Stephan’s decision to skip the swearing in.


Red Deer-South MLA absent from Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony of the UCP government

Stephan said in a previous Facebook post that he and his wife are on a two-week trip to Africa, with his son and wife who were married in the spring. He planned to be sworn in shortly after his return and that there was no impact on his “responsibilities or abilities to serve.”


Red Deer MLA Jason Stephan offers explanation for missing swearing-in

This is not the first time that one of Stephan’s trips proved controversial. In 2021, the Red Deer-South MLA resigned from the Alberta Treasury Board after it was discovered that he had gone on holiday to the U.S. when the provincial government was urging Albertans against foreign travel during the pandemic.

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Susan Zielinski

About the Author: Susan Zielinski

Susan has been with the Red Deer Advocate since 2001. Her reporting has focused on education, social and health issues.
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