The UCP MLA speaks out, saying COVID-19 protesters left a loop at her house

EDMONTON –

A UCP MLA in Grande Prairie, Alta., Says a group of protesters came down to her house with a loop Sunday to “terrorize” her family and her neighbors.

Tracy Allard – once the province’s minister of municipal affairs before retiring amid a pandemic travel scandal – said about 30 protesters came to her house, outraged by the province’s COVID-19 rules.

She posted a picture of a loop on a stand she says they left in her yard. It said “hang them all” and “no to masks.”

“To the protesters: What you did yesterday was over the line … This is not the way to seek change. You do not get what you want through intimidation, threats and bullying,” Allard wrote on Facebook.

“And you will not retain representatives who are invested in their jobs and work diligently on your behalf if you terrorize their families and their neighborhoods.”

On Tuesday, the RCMP confirmed that officers were called to protest from about 15 to 20 people in the Grande Banks neighborhood around noon. 14.50 Sunday.

The officers asked the people gathered there to take the loop down, and they did, it said in a statement.

“The RCMP conducted an investigation into the symbolic ‘loop’, but was unable to identify the person responsible for bringing it and showing it. As their intentions could not be determined, this incident was not charged,” Cpl. said Kelly Sikorski.

ALLARD AND ‘DIFFERENT OPINION’ ON COVID-19 RULES

Allard was part of a group of UCP MLAs that publicly criticized the government’s COVID-19 response as being too restrictive in April.

Alberta’s third wave was building at the time, peaking with more than 2,000 daily cases in early May.

Allard pointed out in her Facebook post written Monday that she is known for bringing a “dissenting opinion” about COVID-19 restrictions, and she said she understands that not all unvaccinated people are “anti-vaxxers.”

“I have put forward the considerations of informed consent, the concerns about adverse reactions to vaccines, including myocarditis, the issues of complicated health histories, allergies and reproductive health, to name a few,” she wrote.

“The uncertainty of the last 20 months, including confusing and seemingly contradictory restrictions imposed by governments around the world, has left citizens confused, insecure and scared.”

Allard added that voters were free to call her office, but that they had to “leave my family and my privacy alone.”

Allard announced on May 10 that she had been vaccinated after failing to respond to a vaccination survey of elected officials conducted by CTV News Calgary.

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