EDMONTON ─ Former premier Alison Redford – who’s been MIA since stepping down last month – has apparently been found in Palm Springs, Calif.
That's according to an Albertan who was vacationing in Palm Springsand claims to have seen her on Friday night. Pictures posted to Facebook appear to show Redford was dining at Giuseppe's Pizza and Pasta with her daughter.
Calgary resident Kurt Bowley posted the photos to his Facebook page Friday night. Calls and e-mails to Redford's Calgary-Elbow constituency office were unreturned Saturday morning.
Redford has missed 10 sitting days in the legislature as of Thursday. She's informed Speaker Gene Zwozdesky's office that she will not be attending the remainder of session. Her reason falls under government business, bereavement or illness, which exempts her from having $100 docked from her $134,000 salary for each unexcused absence in excess of 10 days.
Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk said Thursday that MLAs are expected to show up to discuss government decisions in the house unless they are sick or have personal issues.
"In absence of that, I think the expectation is clear, not only for MLAs but any Albertan who's employed: show up for work and do the work that you're paid for and that's what all of us are doing."