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Alberta NDP Leader disturbed hearing Hinshaw confirm cause of fourth wave

Last Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 2:51 pm MDT

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks during an announcement in Edmonton on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

EDMONTON — Alberta Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley says it was disturbing to hear the chief medical officer of health confirm the cause of the fourth wave of COVID-19 in the province.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw told a conference call with doctors this week that the United Conservative government’s decision to lift all public health restrictions in July was the wrong move.

Hinshaw told the doctors that the province’s “Open For Summer” plan set the trajectory for a crushing fourth wave of COVID-19.

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Notley says they all suspected that was the case, but says hearing it confirmed by Hinshaw is still disturbing.

She says that is particularly the case given that Hinshaw and Premier Jason Kenney have yet to deliver a plan to rescue Alberta from a surge of COVID cases now pushing the hospital system to the brink of collapse.

Notley says the first thing Kenney should do is mandate a vaccine passport.

The passports are being used in many other provinces and limit attendance to restaurants, bars, and other places to those who have been vaccinated.