Mayor Gale Katchur is clearing the air after an open letter to Health Minister Tyler Shandro circulated on social media earlier this week.
 
The letter called for the implementation of a vaccine passport within the province, citing the rise in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and calling on the government to "provide greater leadership and stronger communication as we navigate the fourth wave."
 
12 Edmonton-area mayors signed the letter, including Morinville mayor Barry Turner, Sturgeon County mayor Alana Hnatiw and Strathcona County mayor Rod Frank. Absent from the letter was a signature from the mayor of Fort Saskatchewan.
According to Katchur, city council has an internal protocol regarding sensitive or controversial matters.
 
"Council as a whole should always determine our collective position when it comes to lobbying and advocating, and since this transpired over the long weekend, there was no opportunity for council's collective decision to be made," she explained.
 
She went on to say that she saw no reason why the letter couldn't have waited a few more days to allow all of the mayors to bring the matter to their respective councils.
 
"However, this didn't happen, and now there's lots of controversy surrounding the issue, which in my opinion, if proper protocols had been followed, this could have all been avoided."
 
Current city councillor and mayoral candidate, Deanna Lennox, believes there was enough time for council to be informed of the letter.
 
In a statement posted to Facebook, Lennox said that had she been given the opportunity, she would have favoured signing.
 
 
The provincial government has said several times it would not mandate vaccine passports. 
 
Both Katchur and Lennox are running for mayor's seat in the upcoming municipal election.