Kenney removes MLA Pat Rehn from caucus after international travel, absenteeism

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has removed United Conservative MLA Pat Rehn from the party’s caucus effective immediately.

The move comes after the Lesser Slave Lake MLA was shown to have spent Christmas abroad in Mexico, despite government health advice to avoid non-essential international travel. 

Rehn also came under fire from constituents for absenteeism, leading the mayor of Slave Lake to call for his resignation.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Premier Kenney said Rehn “has made no meaningful effort to work in his constituency.”

“I have repeatedly asked Mr. Rehn to be more present in his constituency. He has ignored calls from me, UCP caucus leadership, and his constituents to do so,” his statement reads.

“Regrettably, MLA Rehn’s performance falls well below the high standards we expect in our caucus and party.”

Kenney notes Rehn will not be permitted to run for future UCP nomination. 

The premier said he will be meeting with Lesser Slave Lake constituents in the coming weeks.

Rehn was elected as MLA in 2019.