MLA for Fort McMurray – Conklin Brian Jean will not have a critic assignment with the United Conservative Party.
On Tuesday, UCP leader Jason Kenney revealed his 27 critic assignments which included Fort McMurray – Wood Buffalo MLA Tany Yao, but not Jean.
He tells Mix News he was offered a position but turned it down.
He says his main focus will be on in his constituency.
“Quality of rebuild, we also have a new mayor and council and I’m hoping to work with them and find good common ideas in how to move forward, have a voice in not just opposition but the government so I think I could do quite a bit there.”
“The most important thing I can do is be on the ground and firsthand understand the needs, talk to the citizens and try and encourage people to start businesses, grow the region, have better school systems, better healthcare – we have an aging-in-place facility that’s in the process of being built.”
Last weekend, Jean was defeated by Kenney in the UCP’s Leadership election.
Kenney took 61.1 per cent of the vote – while Jean received 31.5 per cent with Lawyer Doug Schweitzer racking up 7.3 per cent.
Jean is taking the defeat in stride as he continued to say he will use his time to better help the people of the RMWB and possibly Lac La Biche if the electoral boundary is changed.
“We need to have as much hands-on and eyes-on from myself as possible and I get a chance to do that.”
“I’ve had a number of roles in quite a number of governments and oppositions, both federally and provincially, and I think at this stage I can best serve my constituents in the capacity of MLA.”
Jean says it’s also too early to determine whether or not he will seek re-election in the next provincial election.
As for Yao, he will serve as the health and emergency response & disaster preparedness critic.
Before the merger – he was the health critic for the official opposition.