Although he did not face a vote of confidence in a meeting with his United Conservative Party caucus on Wednesday, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney will now face a leadership review in the spring, the party’s constituency associations told later the same day. had gone.
As his government tries to save the health care system from collapsing due to skyrocketing COVID-19 cases amid a fourth wave of the pandemic, Kenny asked some members of his own party, including some UCP legislators, about the decisions he made. criticized for to deal with the public health crisis.
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Some have criticized him for doing too little and too late to address the onslaught of coronavirus hospitals in the province this summer, while others say he has done things like the recently announced Vaccine Passport program for his public health. The individual rights of the people have been violated with the measures.
Late Wednesday, Granthshala News found a letter sent to UCP constituency associations by party president Ryan Baker. According to UCP policy vice president Joel Mullan, several unions had called for a preliminary review of the party and a vote on Kenny’s leadership.
Baker’s letter read, “I am writing to share with you our intention to schedule the 2022 Annual General Meeting, and the accompanying leadership review vote, next spring.” “I have spoken to the Prime Minister, who has specifically asked that we make this change so that we can deal with any leadership issues well before the next election.
“We all know that recent government decisions in response to the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic have caused anger and frustration among some party members and there is a growing desire to review the leadership.
“We have determined the best course of action at this time is to listen to members and for our party to maintain our member-driven, grassroots tradition at the 2022 AGM and the leadership review to take place in the spring.”
Until this plan was announced, Kenny’s next leadership review was not expected until late 2022.
UCP communications director Dave Prisco told Granthshala News that the party is “working to confirm a date and place to make this a reality.”
Granthshala News has contacted the Premier Office for comment on the Spring Leadership Review and will update this story once we receive a response.
On Tuesday, when asked about his leadership being questioned by UCP members, Kenny told reporters he was focused on the COVID-19 crisis, not politics.
The fourth wave of the pandemic has hit Alberta harder than any other part of Canada. Amid the intense strain on the province’s health care system, Kenney has apologized for trying to shift from a pandemic standpoint to an endemic approach to COVID-19. However, he has also said that he does not regret the lifting of almost all public health restrictions on 1 July.
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This week, Kenny’s government confirmed it has reached out to the federal government to ask for assistance if hospitals can no longer admit new people and to bring in critical care staff if necessary.
Paul Parks, president of emergency medicine for the Alberta Medical Association and an emergency room physician in Medicine Hat, Alta., said this week, “We’re spreading as much water as we can with this big tsunami.” .
“I really don’t think we need ventilators or we need space or rooms or beds or materials. We definitely need humans. And it’s clear to us that the numbers have been going up as we go over the last month or so. “
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There are now 1,040 people with COVID-19 in hospitals in Alberta, the highest number of hospitalizations in the province since the pandemic began in March 2020.
On Wednesday, Alberta Health said it had identified 1,336 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, as well as 20 additional deaths from the disease.
On Tuesday, Kenny announced that Tyler Shandrow had resigned as health minister and replaced him with former Labor and Immigration minister Jason Kopping, arguing that the health portfolio needed a fresh eye. . Shandro has been appointed to the former cabinet post of Köping.
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Kenny has attempted to address the acute crisis with a renewed effort to vaccinate more Alberts. Those numbers have improved since last Wednesday, when the premier announced his government was bringing a vaccine passport to non-essential businesses.
-Granthshala News with files from ‘Tom Vernon and the Canadian Press’ Alana Smith