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Speaker of Alberta Legislature Nathan Cooper apologizes for signing statement opposing health restrictions

United Conservative Party interim leader Nathan Cooper speaks to media after the first meeting the new United Conservative Party caucus in Edmonton Alta, on Monday July 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) — Speaker of the Alberta Legislature, Nathan Cooper, is apologizing after signing on to a document opposing COVID-19 health restrictions.

The statement was signed on by 17 UCP MLA’s last week, all voicing their displeasure with health restrictions announced by Alberta premier Jason Kenney.

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“I apologize to each and every one of you for crossing a line that the speaker ought not cross,” said Cooper on Monday. “My goal as speaker has always been to bring forward momentum, learning, and improving. I can assure my colleagues that I have taken significant learnings from this event and I recommit to you to give you my best at every turn and I apologize unreservedly.”

This coming after Kenney raised concerns about the neutrality of Cooper after he put his name on the list.

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Cooper continued on to say his actions may have “jeopardized the importance in supremacy of this principle.”

“The principle of the impartiality of the chair is fundamental to a healthy functioning democracy. I deeply regret my actions.”