Miranda Rosin

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Miranda Rosin
Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Banff-Kananaskis
Assumed office
April 16, 2019
Preceded byN/A New electoral district due to boundary changes
Personal details
Born1994/1995 (age 26–27)[1]
Political partyUnited Conservative Party
Residence(s)Cochrane, Alberta
Alma materUniversity of Regina

Miranda Rosin (born c. 1995) is a Canadian politician who was the youngest MLA (age 23) elected in the 2019 Alberta general election to represent the electoral district of Banff-Kananaskis in the 30th Alberta Legislature.[2] Banff-Kananaskis was a new electoral district for this election. Miss Rosin is a member of the United Conservative Party. Miss Rosin sits on the standing committees for Public Accounts, Resource Stewardship, and Alberta's Economic Future.[3] Miss Rosin was a former member of the Fair Deal Panel and is Deputy Chair of the Public Health Act Review Committee.[3][better source needed] Miss Rosin earned a BBA in Marketing and International Business from the University of Regina.[4]

Political career[edit]

Response to COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

Miss Rosin has been critical of the government response to the COVID-19 pandemic calling for reduced restrictions and public health policy measures. On January 6, 2021, Rosin published an opinion article on the High Country News website where she questioned the public health and economic impacts of the UCP government's restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Miss Rosin advocated for decreased restrictions, arguing that restrictions present at the time where excessive. [5]

In November 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rosin sent out a political mailer falsely claiming the worst of the pandemic was over. This misleading information contradicted statements from Alberta's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.[6] Attempts to reach out for an interview from Miss Rosin where unsuccessful. Miss Rosin did write a Facebook post that stated "this newsletter was sent to print in early fall when our active cases were below 2,000, but was only delivered to mailboxes this week." Reports from early fall shows that Alberta had 2,097 active cases as of October 8, 2020, the same day Alberta recorded its highest daily COVID-19 case count and implemented new voluntary restrictions for Edmonton.[7] This timeline suggests Rosin would have had over one month in which to realize cases were rising dramatically and had ample opportunity to stop the mailer which arrived in mailboxes on November 19, 2020. Rosin also provided a different account to Canmore Mayor John Borrowman of her decision to send the mailer, whom she told "it was an intentional release of the newsletter" and that "she was supporting her assertion when we talked about it (Friday, November 20, 2020).”[8]


On April 7, 2021, amidst a surge in COVID-19 variant cases when Alberta reported its highest number of daily new cases for the year,[9] Rosin signed on to an open letter along with 14 UCP MLAs opposing newly enacted enhanced public health restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.[10][11] In a Facebook post announcing her support for the letter, Rosin said her constituents "want the ability to once again take responsibility for their own destiny and visit with their loved ones." On April 9, 2021, Canmore Mayor John Borrowman on behalf of Canmore Town Council wrote to Rosin expressing concern about her criticism of the public health restrictions. Borrowman's letter stated that — contrary to Rosin's assertion that most of her constituents wanted public health restrictions eased — the majority of Canmore residents thought the current restrictions didn't go far enough to curb the spread of COVID-19. Borrowman's letter also asked Rosin to "make a determined effort to reach out to hear all perspectives in [the] community before taking such actions as refuting the need for continued caution in containing the virus." The Rocky Mountain Outlook reported that attempts by their newsroom to reach Rosin dating back to April 7 for an interview had been unsuccessful.[12]

Controversies[edit]

In October 2018, in the lead-up to the Alberta provincial election, Rosin said at a nomination debate about her stance on healthcare: "I think we need to look at a two-tiered system, so that we can get those who have worked hard for their money out of the system if they would like to.” When asked by local media if she would back down from the statements, she refused, then deflected and claimed they should "not [be] talking about words that were said during a forum that have nothing to do with anything relevant to this election.”[13]

In December 2020, Rosin mailed holiday greeting cards to her constituents using the official emblem of the Alberta Legislature. In addition to making no mention of other faiths, these cards included a scripture from the King James Bible, Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a son is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor[sic], Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” The use of this scripture was criticized in the media as being "inappropriate."[14]

On the heels of the 2021 United Conservative Party holiday travel scandal,[15] Rosin released a Facebook statement on January 5, 2021 assuring constituents that she had not left the country over the Christmas season.[16] She did not mention in the Facebook post whether she travelled outside of Alberta, and after repeated questions by media to Rosin went unanswered as to her whereabouts over Christmas, UCP spokesperson Tim Gerwing revealed that Rosin had travelled to Saskatchewan to visit family.[17] She was not sanctioned by Premier Kenney.

On January 29, 2021, Progress Report published an article reporting that Rosin improperly claimed nearly $800 worth of meal per-diems.[18][19] According to Legislative of Assembly of Alberta Members' Services Committee orders, MLAs can only claim meal per diems when they are required to travel to a location within the province that is 60 kilometres or more by primary highway from the Member’s permanent resident for the purpose of carrying out duties as a Member.[20] As a resident of Cochrane according to Elections Alberta donation disclosure reports,[21] Rosin was not eligible to claim per diems she had expensed in Bragg Creek and surrounding communities that were closer than 60 kilometres to her permanent residence.

Electoral history[edit]

2019 Alberta general election: Banff-Kananaskis
Party Candidate Votes % ±% Expenditures
United Conservative Miranda Rosin 10,859 51.34 -7.32 $82,111
New Democratic Cameron Westhead 8,890 42.03 3.04 $59,158
Alberta Party Brenda Stanton 941 4.45 $7,334
Liberal Gwyneth Midgley 228 1.08 $500
Alberta Independence Anita Crowshoe 154 0.73 $1,818
Independent Dave Phillips 80 0.38 $500
Total 21,152
Rejected, spoiled and declined 296 24 7
Eligible electors / Turnout 31,246 68.66%
United Conservative pickup new district.
Source(s)
Source: Elections Alberta[22][23][24]
Note: Expenses is the sum of "Election Expenses", "Other Expenses" and "Transfers Issued". The Elections Act limits "Election Expenses" to $50,000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UCP chooses Rosin to face Westhead in Provincial Election". Cochrane Now, October 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "UCP’s Miranda Rosin wins Banff-Kananaskis race". Rocky Mountain Outlook, April 19, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Member Information". www.assembly.ab.ca. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  4. ^ "Miranda Rosin". United Conservative Party Caucus. 2019-10-02. Retrieved 2021-01-20.
  5. ^ "MLA Update – Miranda Rosin – Banff/Kananaskis – Jan 2021 | | High Country News". highcountrynews.ca. 2021-01-06. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  6. ^ Dunn, Carolyn. "Alberta MLA falsely claims 'worst of COVID-19 health pandemic' over". CBC. Retrieved 21 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Alberta records highest daily COVID-19 case count; Edmonton sees new voluntary restrictions". 630CHED. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  8. ^ "Alberta UCP member's flyer to constituents proclaims 'the worst of COVID-19' is over". Calgary. 2020-11-21. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  9. ^ "Alberta reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases so far this year".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Fifteen government MLAs speak out against latest Alberta public health restrictions".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "'We must defeat these variants,' says Kenney as Alberta returns to tighter COVID-19 restrictions".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Canmore council responds to MLA Miranda Rosin's opposition to new COVID-19 restriction". RMOToday.com. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  13. ^ "Candidate insists UCP supports publicly funded healthcare". RMOToday.com. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  14. ^ "UCP Christmas tweet with Bible verse slammed; priest says passage implies government has divine blessing". edmontonjournal. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  15. ^ Kenney demotes 6 MLAs after holiday travel, retrieved 2021-01-09
  16. ^ "Miranda Rosin". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  17. ^ "MLA Rosin travelled to visit family in Saskatchewan over Christmas". RMOToday.com. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  18. ^ Kinney, Duncan (January 29, 2021). "UCP MLA Miranda Rosin improperly claimed nearly $800 worth of meal per-diems". The Progress Report. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  19. ^ "Member Information". www.assembly.ab.ca. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  20. ^ "Consolidated Members' Services Committee Orders - Legislative Assembly of Alberta, January 20, 2021" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ "Elections Alberta Financial Disclosure - Constituency Year-to-Date Report of Quarterly Contributions – January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ "50 - Banff-Kananaskis, 2019 Alberta general election". officialresults.elections.ab.ca. Elections Alberta. Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  23. ^ Alberta. Chief Electoral Officer (2019). 2019 General Election. A Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Volume II (PDF) (Report). Vol. 2. Edmonton, Alta.: Elections Alberta. pp. 204–210. ISBN 978-1-988620-12-1. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  24. ^ Alberta. Chief Electoral Officer (2019). 2019 General Election. A Report of the Chief Electoral Officer. Volume III Election Finances (PDF) (Report). Vol. 3. Edmonton, Alta.: Elections Alberta. pp. 68–82. ISBN 978-1-988620-13-8. Archived (PDF) from the original on July 15, 2021. Retrieved April 7, 2021.