Don MacIntyre, MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake, resigned from the United Conservative Party Caucus on Friday citing family reasons.
“Hi folks. Resigning from politics today to focus on our family. Thanks everyone! #AbLeg #ucp,” the politician tweeted. While MacIntyre’s tweet suggests he is leaving politics entirely, the UCP only confirmed he is leaving their caucus.
“At approximately noon today, Don MacIntyre resigned from the United Conservative Caucus,” UCP Leader Jason Kenney said in a brief statement issued Friday afternoon.
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MacIntyre was first elected to the Alberta legislature as a Wildrose Party member in 2015 before the party merged with the Progressive Conservative Party to form the UCP last year.
He was a a member of the Standing Committee on Resource Stewardship and had spent time as shadow minister for electricity and renewables.
Last year, MacIntyre faced calls for his resignation over his controversial views on climate change.
While speaking to reporters about the NDP government’s carbon tax, MacIntyre said it’s not clear how much humans contribute to climate change.
“The science isn’t settled,” he said.
MacIntyre’s name was also tied to a contentious blog post made by several Wildrose members that compared the NDP government’s carbon tax to a famine caused by Soviet government policies in Ukraine during the 1930s that killed millions of people.The Wildrose Party later apologized for the Holodomor blog post.
Before entering politics, MacIntyre’s biography online says he worked for the alternative energy program at NAIT and as the chief technical officer for a private overseas geothermal company.
News of MacIntyre’s resignation came just hours after Alberta MLA Derek Fildebrandt was officially kicked out of the UCP caucus. The move came after he pleaded guilty to a charge related to an illegal deer hunt late last year.
“As elected representatives, we must be expected to show the highest level of integrity,” UCP leader Jason Kenney said in a statement about Fildebrandt’s departure. “MLA Derek Fildebrandt has unfortunately demonstrated a pattern of behaviour that does not meet that standard.”
-With a file from The Canadian Press