Alberta Mirror

Monday, December 4, 2023

UCP MLAs restricted from departing Canada over the vacations


Key takeaways: 

  • The federal government urged Canadians to evade non-essential global journeys.
  • Alberta United Conservative Party MLAs have been banned from touring beyond the nation for the vacations. 

UCP MLAs restricted to travel outside the country during the holidays:

Alberta United Conservative Party MLAs have been banned from touring beyond the nation for the vacations. 

The media received a message sent from government lash Whitney Issik describing the anticipations for members. 

“I am demanding that Members of Government caucus will not be allowed to tour internationally at this moment,” she reported on Thursday.  Source –

“I comprehend that this directive may affect household members and vacation plans, but we must show leadership as we learn more about the Omicron variant.”  Source –

This week, the federal government firmly advised against global travel in the trail of a recent strain of COVID-19 with more mutations than earlier iterations of the virus.

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“To those who were preparing to travel, I say very indeed — now is not the time to journey. The quick spread of the Omicron variant on a global scale makes us fear the worst,” stated federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos. Source –

“The position abroad is already dire in multiple places and it’s heading to get more menacing very fast, so we’re afraid for what could happen to travellers if they leave Canada.” Source –

While additional study is being done on the latest variant, there are earlier signs that the Omicron variant is more infectious.  On Friday, the media assured Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage has tested positive for COVID-19 but it’s not understood if it’s a variant.

“She is isolating at residence and following all of the Alberta Health COVID-19 protocols. She participated significantly mild symptoms and is now feeling fine,” stated Alberta Energy spokeswoman Jennifer Henshaw in an e-mailed report. Source –

As of Thursday, 119 cases of the Omicron variant have been recorded in Alberta. 

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