Alberta premier says he won’t ‘take lectures’ from federal health minister on COVID-19 – CBC

Patty Hajdu wrote to Alberta counterpart saying lifting rules is a gamble

Aug 06, 2021

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he won’t “take lectures” from federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu on how to handle COVID-19.

Hajdu earlier penned a letter to her Alberta counterpart saying she agrees with the Canadian Paediatric Society’s description of Alberta’s move to lift all COVID-19 measures as an “unnecessary and risky gamble.”

“We’re not going to … take lectures from Minister Hajdu, particularly when it appears that she and her boss [Prime Minister] Justin Trudeau are hell-bent on a federal election campaign,” Kenney said Friday at a news conference in Bowden, Alta., about drought support for farmers.

“If they really are that concerned about COVID, then why is she getting ready to put up campaign signs?”

Kenney went on to describe Hajdu’s letter as a political ploy and criticized her handling of COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic.

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