Federal health minister pens letter to Alberta, asks for science behind plan to lift COVID-19 rules – CBC

Patty Hajdu says she wants to better understand rationale, science leading to decision

Aug 05, 2021

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu has sent a letter to her Alberta counterpart saying she shares concerns about the province’s plan to lift all of its COVID-19 health restrictions.

In the letter, addressed to Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Hajdu says she agrees with the Canadian Paediatric Society’s description of the move as an “unnecessary and risky gamble.”

Shandro fired back on Thursday, accusing Hajdu of unfairly targeting Alberta for political gain.

“It’s beyond ironic that at the very time Min. Hajdu was sending her supposed letter of concern, her boss is preparing to crisscross the country for his opportunistic election,” said a statement from Shandro.

In Hajdu’s letter, which was sent on Sunday, she says recent modelling for Alberta forecasts a more serious resurgence in COVID-19 cases fuelled by the delta variant and that all governments need to take reasonable steps to protect Canadians.

“It is now incumbent on all governments across Canada to exercise caution and vigilance, to keep everyone safe in our jurisdictions and neighbouring ones as well,” she wrote.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-federal-health-minister-letter-covid-1.6130917

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