|Deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk speaks with the press in Edmonton, Alberta on Friday, May 31, 2012. (QMI Agency/IAN KUCERAK)
EDMONTON - An insensitive Facebook post has landed Deputy Premier Thomas Lukaszuk some time in the principal's office.
Premier Alison Redford said Thursday she was very disappointed by Lukaszuk's breezy caption for a photo of the Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C., mudslide that stranded some 600 tourists -- including some Albertans -- for days.
"Fairmont in Hot Springs has a good deal on rooms today. If a little bit of mud doesn't bother you, book now!!!" he had posted.
Alberta's premier was not amused.
"I'm very aware of it ... I intend to have a conversation with him about it, I take this very seriously," Redford said.
"That was a tragedy ... even if it hadn't involved loss of life, it was still a tragedy, it is not appropriate," Redford said, adding that Lukaszuk's subsequent posts show he understands that.
"It was certainly a lesson ... to all politicians that we have (a) serious responsibility -- people pay attention to what we say and it's important to us to conduct ourselves accordingly."
Lukaszuk posted he quickly took the offending post down as soon as he discovered the serious nature of the slide.
"FB friends, sorry for the comment about B.C. At the time of posting I was out of AB and unaware of the scope of the situation. As soon as I found out, I removed the post. Not proud of this one..." Lukaszuk posted.