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Lethbridge MLA Neudorf responds to letter by UCP colleagues

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Lethbridge’s lone United Conservative MLA has issued a statement regarding a letter sent out this week by a number of his colleagues.

A total of 17 UCP MLAs penned a letter, openly criticizing the premier’s decision to put stricter health measures back in place to curb a strong third wave of COVID-19 in the province.

All those restrictions are now currently in effect as of noon Friday, April 9.

Nathan Neudorf says he did not sign his name to that letter for a few reasons, one being the fact that Lethbridge’s active COVID case count is one of the highest in the province right now.

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In a note posted on his Facebook page and which is copied below, Neudorf writes most of the people he hears from want some restrictions, however “they want them to be effective, consistent, and logical.”

He says what people don’t want are “pages of rules with inconsistencies and confusing restrictions.”

Neudorf says he will continue to advocate for the best outcomes for Lethbridge and work with every agency possible to help people and get them back to work safely.

This all came to light on Wednesday when a number of UCP MLAs signed their names to the open letter, saying a decision to go back to Stage 1 re-opening restrictions is wrong and moves the province backwards.

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Premier Jason Kenney was asked by media about that letter on Thursday arguing those MLAs were only giving voice to those concerns about “the very real negative consequences of restrictions” and that he respects their jobs as elected representatives to articulate that.

Kenney says he listens to all views, but at the end of the day it’s the moral responsibility of the government to protect lives and the health care system using the best advice available.

You can read MLA Nathan Neudorf’s full letter below:

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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