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MLA Mike Allen's statement announcing he won't resign

MLA Mike Allen's statement announcing he won't resign

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MLA Mike Allen's press conference statement from a news conference July 22, 2013 at his Fort McMurray constituency office.
MLA Mike Allen's press conference statement from a news conference July 22, 2013 at his Fort McMurray constituency office.

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 Mike Allen, MLA
Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo Constituency
LEGISLATURE OFFICE
: 312 Legislature Annex, Edmonton, AB T5K 1E4 Tel: 780-415-0361
CONSTITUENCY OFFICE
: Suite 207
 – 
10020 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K6 Tel: 780-790-6014fortmcmurray.woodbuffalo@assembly.ab.ca
Monday, July 22, 2013
PRESS CONFERENCE STATEMENT
I am here today to address the events that occurred last week leading to charges in Minnesota.I want to begin by saying to the residents of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo how truly sorry I am for the embarrassment I have caused in failing to live up to the standards expected of meand the standards I expect of myself.It was a mistake for which there are no excuses and for which I accept full responsibility. This is a deeply embarrassing time and I profoundly regret the distress I have caused in my community.I will be saying sorry to a lot of people for a long time.I have already faced my parents, my children, and many of my friends, and now it is my responsibility to face my community. All I can ask is that I hope that my friends, neighbours, and community members try to find itin their hearts to forgive me.I will be taking time to reflect on the personal circumstances in my life that led me to make thedecision I made, and I will determine what I need to do to ensure I am never in a placepersonally where I will make this kind of mistake ever again.I know I will have to work long and hard to regain your trust. With respect to the charges, there is not much I can say as I have only seen those via mediasources. Until I have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel, there is nothing I will beable to say with respect to the specifics of the allegations.
 
 
LEGISLATURE OFFICE
: 312 Legislature Annex, Edmonton, AB T5K 1E4 Tel: 780-415-0361
CONSTITUENCY OFFICE
: Suite 207
 – 
10020 Franklin Ave., Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K6 Tel: 780-790-6014fortmcmurray.woodbuffalo@assembly.ab.ca
 What I can tell you is that this has not been a pattern of behaviour in the past, and clearly, it willnot be in the future.
 
Upon my release on Tuesday morning, I immediately informed the Chief Government Whipthat I was involved in a legal incident, and put in my resignation from government caucus andall legislative committees.I did not want the controversy of this issue to affect the work of the Government of Alberta orthe PC Party. These were personal actions and I thought it was important that I also take immediateresponsibility for those actions and apologize and offer to repay the taxpayer funds that wereused to fund this trip.Personal accountability means facing my responsibilities as a father, a son, a friend, acommunity member, and as the MLA for this community.I have never been one to not face responsibility for my actions and I will go through theprocess of having a conversation with the community I am ultimately accountable to. To be elected as your representative and serve this community in the Alberta Legislature hasbeen a tremendous honour and privilege. That is why I so deeply regret that issues in my personal life have affected my ability to exercisemy duties as an elected official; duties that I take very seriously. This incident has greatly damaged the trust established between me and my community, andbefore I make any decision about my future I have to explore whether or not that trust can berebuilt.I have thought long and hard about my future over the last few days as I have had a great dealof time to reflect on what occurred and about what to do next.I have lived in this community for over 20 years and I have served this community as a memberand President of the Chamber of Commerce, as a Councillor with the Regional Municipality and, for the past 15 months, I have represented the interests of this community in the AlbertaLegislature.
Fort McMurray is my home, I love this community, and I won’t decline to face it in a moment
of personal crisis.I committed to having a conversation with my community prior to making a decision about my future and I will not short circuit that conversation by stepping aside immediately; as lessdifficult a route as that might be for me personally.

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