Posted on Jan 25, 2021

David Shepherd, NDP Critic for Health, made the following statement in response to the announcement of a case of COVID-19 variant that could not be linked to travel:

“We have been very concerned about the potential spread of new COVID-19 variants in Alberta for some time, and by Premier Jason Kenney’s lack of focus on this issue. I’m glad the government has finally released modelling that demonstrates just how dangerous these variants can be. This is a critical opportunity to prevent spread in our communities. 


“We renew our call on the government to support the healthcare system, small businesses, schools, and all sectors of our society that have been harmed by this pandemic. A clear and transparent plan with daily - not weekly - reporting is crucial to public confidence. Jason Kenney failed to act as second-wave cases grew exponentially in November and December. He must not repeat that mistake with these dangerous new variants.”