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UCP Shenanigans

If you live in Alberta, you know that we’re in a really bad way right now. I wrote to my MLA, Josephine Pon (also the Minister for Seniors and Housing) to let her know how I, and so many other Albertans feel right now and to remind her that it’s time for her to do her job.

this is the abbreviated version of that email

In Alberta

“In Alberta, rodeos (not a sport, by the way) and churches are specifically exempted from any restrictions intended to slow/prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In Alberta, we had the Best Summer Ever at the Calgary Stampede because… pancakes (and donors).

In Alberta, over 100 people have died from COVID since the Stampede, which begs the question: was your pancake breakfast worth it?

In Alberta, the pandemic was basically over because… BEST SUMMER EVER!

In Alberta, COVID only spreads in bars and restaurants after dark. Therefore, last call is at 10pm.

In Alberta, restricting COVID to spread only until 10pm hurts businesses. Lives and livelihoods and all that jazz.

In Alberta, your Charter right to protest is only acceptable if you are an anti-masker/anti-vaxxer… and mostly white.

In Alberta, we have Bill 1 to protect critical infrastructure from protesters. Unless said infrastructure is a hospital.

In Alberta, no members of the UCP government will denounce the protests at hospitals across the province and the country.

In Alberta, during the 4th and possibly worst wave of the pandemic, silence from every UCP MLA and Premier.

In Alberta, “But, Trudeau!”

In Alberta, “we don’t need no federally funded childcare!”

In Alberta, masks are not provincially mandated in schools (but many school boards are doing so due to the abdication of duty by the current government).

In Alberta, the provincial government offloads responsibility to do… basically anything, to other levels of government.

In Alberta, “Personal Responsibility!”

In Alberta, when people are dying unnecessarily from COVID: “that’s good feedback”.

In Alberta, there is no magic number of dead Albertans that will force the government to change course on the COVID response.

In Alberta, every UCP MLA remains silent on taking concrete measures to get COVID under control.

In Alberta, essential public services are under attack by the current UCP government.

In Alberta, the UCP is a “wait-and-see-until-after-the-election” government (more Albertans will die from COVID in the meantime).

In Alberta, the UCP deflects to Dr. Hinshaw for any and all pubic health issues/questions.

In Alberta, the CMOH is complicit and a threat to our public health. But be kind, even if you don’t trust her.

In Alberta, we are tired of COVID. Tired of doing the right thing. But more importantly, tired of a provincial government that doesn’t care if we live or die.

In Alberta, we need the government to mandate vaccine passports. Period. Not next week. Not after the election. Now.

Josephine, you can and should speak up. Your silence is literally killing Albertans.”

~ Lisa Miguez, Calgary-Beddington resident

As of publishing this post, I have not yet received a reply from my MLA.

You can follow the Twitter thread I posted here.

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