FINGER POINTING ON FEDERAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN TRAIL OVER ALBERTA COVID-19 CRISIS
Sep 16, 2021
By Bob Komsic
The decision by the Alberta government to declare a public health emergency, reintroduce limits on gathers and the elements of a vaccine passport policy received attention from the three major federal party leaders on the election campaign trail.
Calling the situation ”heartbreaking” Justin Trudeau points the finger at conservative premiers, saying they have not been as effective in the battle against COVID.
”Half measures won’t do to fight this pandemic, to keep people safe, to prevent further lockdowns, to further slow the growth of our economy,” said the Liberal leader.
Meanwhile, Tory Leader Erin O’Toole blames Trudeau, saying it was him, not Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, who let the Delta variant gain a foothold.
O’Toole is not saying if he continues to support Kenney’s handling of the situation, only that he supported the provinces in their efforts.
”I have consistently said that we will work with the provinces and respect the decisions they make,” he added.
”Rather than double up our resources to fight this Delta spread, he (Mr. Trudeau) called an election. A $600-million dollar election.”
While condemning Kenney’s handling of the situation, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, like O’Toole, is critical of Trudeau calling the election.