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 25–26)[1]
Political partyUnited Conservative Party
ResidenceCochrane, 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]

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.”[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] Rosin would not return calls from reporters to explain her false assertion, but claimed in a Facebook post that "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]

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."[9]

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.[10]

On the heels of the 2021 United Conservative Party holiday travel scandal,[11] Rosin released a Facebook statement on January 5, 2021 assuring constituents that she had not left the country over the Christmas season.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14][15] 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.[16] As a resident of Cochrane according to Elections Alberta donation disclosure reports,[17] 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 % ±%
United Conservative Miranda Rosin 10,815 51.23 -7.43
New Democratic Cameron Westhead 8,889 42.11 +3.12
Alberta Party Brenda Stanton 943 4.47
Liberal Gwyneth Midgley 228 1.08
Independence Anita Crowshoe 155 0.73
Independent Dave Phillips 80 0.38
Total valid votes 21,110
Rejected, spoiled and declined
Eligible voters
Turnout

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. ^ "Candidate insists UCP supports publicly funded healthcare". RMOToday.com. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
  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. ^ "UCP Christmas tweet with Bible verse slammed; priest says passage implies government has divine blessing". edmontonjournal. Retrieved 2021-01-22.
  10. ^ "MLA Update – Miranda Rosin – Banff/Kananaskis – Jan 2021 | | High Country News". highcountrynews.ca. 2021-01-06. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  11. ^ Kenney demotes 6 MLAs after holiday travel, retrieved 2021-01-09
  12. ^ "Miranda Rosin". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2021-01-09.
  13. ^ "MLA Rosin travelled to visit family in Saskatchewan over Christmas". RMOToday.com. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  14. ^ January 29, Duncan Kinney | 32RTs; 2021. "UCP MLA Miranda Rosin improperly claimed nearly $800 worth of meal per-diems". The Progress Report. Retrieved 2021-01-29.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ "Member Information". www.assembly.ab.ca. Retrieved 2021-01-29.
  16. ^ "Consolidated Members' Services Committee Orders - Legislative Assembly of Alberta, January 20, 2021" (PDF).
  17. ^ "Elections Alberta Financial Disclosure - CONSTITUENCY YEAR-TO-DATE REPORT OF QUARTERLY CONTRIBUTIONS January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020".