OTTAWA — Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says while he is not in a position to judge Alberta’s approach to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the crisis is proof that “leadership matters.”
Speaking on the campaign trail in Montreal on Thursday, Trudeau called the situation “heartbreaking” and said he has spoken with the clerk of the Privy Council to address the needs of the province as it grapples with a fourth wave. .
“Ventilators are on the way. Whatever else we can do whether it is sending more medical professionals as we did in Ontario a few months ago when they were overwhelmed, we are going to make sure Albertans get support,” he said.
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“I think what Canadians see in this is a matter of leadership at any level, the choices we make, who we choose to lead the government in times of crisis … that decides how we going to do it.”
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney held a press conference on Wednesday evening where he apologized for his government’s approach to the pandemic and admitted it was the “wrong” path.
“I know we all hoped this summer that we could put COVID behind us once and for all, that was definitely my hope and I said it very clearly,” Kenny said.
“It’s clear now that we were wrong, and I apologize for that.”
Kenney declared a state of public health emergency as active COVID-19 cases exceed 18,000, the most of any province.
Kenny said 90 percent of patients in Alberta’s intensive care units have not been vaccinated. The province established a pandemic tally for the number of ICU admissions with 212 on Tuesday.
Trudeau said he understood the concerns Canadians may have that “conservative politicians across this country are not being as effective in fighting this pandemic.”
“The question I have for people is ‘Do you really want Erin O’Toole sitting in front of them at the premiere table talking about how we end this pandemic when she herself -Can’t stand up for the Vaxxers in your own party?’” he said.
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh also weighed in on Alberta’s health emergency, saying that Kenny “did not show leadership” and that the NDP government would consider all tools available at the federal level to end the pandemic.
He then blamed and blamed Trudeau for calling the election during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Mr. Trudeau called for an election in the midst of a fourth wave, an election that did not need to happen,” Singh said while speaking to reporters in Toronto.
More details to come…