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Growing pressure on Alberta premier as doctors and experts demand resignation


CALGARY –

Growing criticism is directed at Premier Jason Kenney for Alberta’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Calls from doctors and political experts for the Prime Minister’s resignation are increasingly heard after the admission of Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, that the lifting of pandemic restrictions for the summer was a fault. The growing pressure for change also comes as the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units across Alberta hits record highs.

The prime minister has yet to respond to criticism. Kenney has not addressed the province or responded to questions from the media since September 3, when he announced the $ 100 vaccine incentive.

The Prime Minister was scheduled to speak at an oil and gas conference in Fort McMurray on Wednesday, but that appearance was canceled. Instead, Kenney called an emergency meeting with his COVID-19 ministerial committee.

Duane Bratt, political scientist at MRU, questions the Prime Minister’s leadership on the pandemic, asking how many Albertans’ lives must be put at risk to keep the UCP together.

“I don’t know how they can survive this,” Bratt said. “You often hear rich people in hospitals say ‘money can’t buy your health.’ Well, neither does party unity.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also targeting Kenney’s leadership and says he feels bad for the millions of Albertans who are fully immunized.

Dr James Talbot, former Chief Medical Officer of Health for Alberta, says he hopes the UCP will learn from the mistakes of the past. Following Dr Deena Hinshaw’s comments on how the pandemic was handled, Talbot expressed interest in seeing how the government now acts in times of crisis.




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