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Trudeau criticizes Alberta's COVID-19 management

Last Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:46 pm MDT

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop at Soccer World in Hamilton, Ont., on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

EDMONTON – Liberal leader Justin Trudeau took aim at how Alberta’s government has handled the pandemic while at a campaign event on Tuesday.

Trudeau says the province’s current management of COVID-19 has not worked for Albertans.

“It is hurting the Alberta economy and hurting the people who did the right thing in Alberta and got vaccinated because they’re looking at more lockouts, more restrictions,” he said.

“We know that bringing in clear mandates like you can’t get on a plane or a train without getting vaccinated; if you want to work for the public service, you have to be vaccinated; or working with provinces on things like vaccine certification of passports, causes people who were hesitant to choose to find the get vaccine. And getting vaccinated is the way through this.”


Trudeau added that he feels sorry for the millions of Albertans who stepped up to the plate and followed COVID-19 health rules and got vaccinated and are being held back by loud objectors and lack of leadership.

“Yes, it’s a lower number than elsewhere in the countries of proportion, but it’s still a majority of Albertans and Saskatchewan, who’ve gotten vaccinated.”

Trudeau then took aim at Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, saying that he won’t be able to protect Canadians from COVID-19 when he can’t get his own party members to get vaccinated.

“He thinks Jason Kenney is the model to follow on fighting COVID. We saw this morning the approach in Alberta how hasn’t worked.”

Recent polling has Trudeau and O’Toole neck and neck. Canadians vote on Sept. 20.