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Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen resigns from his post following allegations of heavy drinking at work

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Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen has resigned from cupboard to “focus on my health and wellness” following allegations of extreme drinking at the legislature.

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In a press release launched Friday, Dreeshen mentioned he provided Premier Jason Kenney his resignation from cupboard that morning and it was accepted.

“I accept that my personal conduct with regards to alcohol has become an issue for the government as a whole,” the assertion mentioned.

“I deeply regret that this is the case, but have decided that it is best for both myself and the province to resign my position and focus on my personal health and wellness.”

Kenney’s workplace confirmed Dreeshen will stay a member of the UCP caucus. Nate Horner will take over as minister of agriculture and forestry.

Dreeshen was named in a lawsuit towards the premier’s workplace by a former staffer at the legislature alleging she was wrongfully fired after talking out a few poisonous office setting together with alleged sexual harassment.

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The lawsuit filed by Ariella Kimmel alleges that at a gathering in Dreeshen’s workplace in late October 2020, Kimmel expressed concern to Dreeshen about his degree of intoxication, urging him to cease drinking.

The assertion alleges that after they left the gathering, Dreeshen “angrily confronted” Kimmel to the purpose the place she was in tears and a bystander intervened. “The plaintiff felt shaken and scared during this encounter,” the assertion reads.

Following the lawsuit being filed, Dreeshen instructed the CBC he doesn’t have an issue with alcohol.

“It’s been long, hard days in the legislature and I think that’s something that everybody’s had to deal with,” he mentioned .

“There’s a social aspect to politics where I think people do sit down and talk about politics over a drink. I think that’s something that’s happened for a long time, obviously I didn’t invent it.”

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