Alberta’s Attorney General stated that the federal government, the media and the NDP opposition want a COVID-19 disaster
The Alberta Attorney General came under fire for his remarks on Facebook, saying that the Federal Liberal government, the media and the New Democratic opposition hope that the province’s healthcare system will not be overwhelmed by the COVID-19 case.
Kaycee Madu made the above remarks last week after the UCP government took more restrictive measures to curb the surge in COVID-19 cases in Alberta.
In the comments section of another user’s Facebook page, Madu wrote that the government needs to take action or risk leaving Alberta “on the scene and in temporary hospitals, and risk breathing because we have [run] Insufficient ventilators, manpower, etc. “
The legislature of the Southwest District of Edmonton wrote: “My view is that it is irresponsible just to wait until we have a disaster on hand.”
“This is what the New Democratic Party, the media and the Federal Liberal Party have been looking for and want. We simply don’t allow this to happen.”
David Shepherd, a health critic of the NDP MLA opposition, said that Madu declared that the opposition felt “disgusting” and the media cheered the province’s failure and the death of its people.
Shepard, who represents downtown Edmonton, pointed out that the New Democratic Party’s caucus has been calling on the government to take stricter measures for months. He suggested that the cabinet, including Madu, postpone action so as not to disturb the basic supporters of UCP.
Shepard said: “The decisions they continue to make are more based on their own political interests, rather than supporting public health on behalf of Alberta.”
“I think this is what we saw from this minister here. That’s why Alberta was in such a bad position in the third wave.”
The minister won’t apologize
But Madu’s spokesperson defended the attorney general’s comments.
The Minister of Information, Bryce Boomer, said in an email: “The minister is referring to the increasing trend of different groups, including the New Democratic Party, using the epidemic for their own political purposes.”
“We see the New Democratic Party’s exaggerated and inflammatory remarks every day in the Legislative Assembly and on social media. The minister will not apologize for the obviousness of the statement.”
Duane Bratt, a political science professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, said Madu’s remarks did not match the new tone set by Prime Minister Jason Kenney.
Previously, due to lack of vaccines, Kenny would regularly target Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government. But now, vaccine shipments are regularly arriving in Alberta.
Blatter said that Madu’s Facebook post contradicted the new message from the prime minister.
He said: “I don’t know what Madu is thinking.” “It just makes him look bad.”
In terms of political blunders, Blatter said it was secondary.
“But it does eliminate the change in information we saw before, the change in tone.”