Watch One of Jason Kenney’s UCP MLAs Read a Bizarre Poem About ‘Cancel Culture’
UCP MLA Tracy Allard resigned as a cabinet minister after vacationing in Hawaii in the middle of a pandemic
One of Jason Kenney’s UCP MLAs tried giving poetry a shot in the Alberta Legislature this week.
Tracy Allard, the United Conservative Party MLA for Grande Prairie, decided to express her feelings about cancel culture in the form of a poem written a bit like Shakespeare meets Dr. Seuss.
Getting cancelled is something that apparently hits close to home for Allard, who resigned in disgrace as Municipal Affairs Minister after vacationing in Hawaii against her own government’s advice.
Following another MLA’s statement on issues surrounding COVID-19 safety in the legislature building, Allard rose and delivered a moving monologue:
What will history say?
Will they wipe us away”
— Alberta Advantage 🌾 (@BertaAdvantage) April 14, 2021
Allard’s office did not respond to a request from PressProgress inquiring about who wrote the poem or why she felt the need to express herself through poetry.
The poem, which went on in the same manner for over a dozen stanzas, included additional lines invoking darker moments in world history:
“Do we want to choose not to know
From the goers before us and their places of go?
History teaches or begs a repeat
I want to hear from history as long as I sit in this seat.”
Although the tone of Allard’s poem was bleak overall, the poem — much like her vacation to Hawaii — ended on a sunny note:
“I hope those after me
Will choose to be kind
Will seek understanding
Instead of rewind.
So, Mr. Speaker,
To the world I implore:
Stop cancelling culture
and instead, choose explore.”
Allard was a member of the so-called “COVID-17” group of 17 MLAs who signed a letter of revolt against the Alberta government’s latest pandemic restrictions.
At the time of her vacation in Hawaii, Allard was responsible for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Alberta.
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