Posted on Jan 20, 2021

Call for the UCP Government to Present Proactive, Transparent Plan For COVID Variants

Albertans need Premier Jason Kenney to present a proactive and transparent plan to respond to emerging variants of COVID-19, which have spread rapidly in several other countries and which have been detected in Canadian provinces.

Variants identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil and the United States are believed to spread faster and more easily than the dominant strain of COVID-19. After beginning to ease restrictions, the UK went into national lockdown in December as the B.1.1.7 variant swept across the country, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now predicts that the UK variant will be the dominant strain in the US in March

Since cases of the variants were detected in Alberta, The UCP government has not provided any information or modelling about the variant in their daily COVID-19 update news releases. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the UK variant (B.1.1.7) is estimated to increase transmissibility by up to 70%, and could increase the reproductive number (R) by 0.4 or greater.

The Official Opposition is calling for the Kenney government to:

  • Provide daily reporting of testing for variants and new cases detected 
  • Increase the rate of genetic sequencing to ten per cent of all positive tests, as the UK has done.
  • Present Albertans with the province's detailed strategy to respond to the variants. 
  • Include officials who can provide technical information about the variants and the province’s response.

Albertans shouldn’t have to wait for someone to ask a question to hear important details about these new threats to our health system and our economy. Albertans deserve to have daily, public access to this information. - David Shepherd 

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Don Schwartz


Anybody who's been paying attention could see the variant surge coming on. But Kenney & crew are focusing on trailing indicators ( hospitalizations & ICU cases ) instead of the leading indicators, becaue they care more about support from the business community than they do about lives lost.

Lynn Baker


It's sad to see & hear. Our government need pull on his ears. Hear the people and stop linning his pockets.

Denis Bobocel


Agree 100 percent, l live in the north zone in Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge to be exact. We can't get any information where to avoid going when going out for groceries or appointments. Not good.

Jane Euinton


How about we start with not allowing people to arrive in Alberta and only spend two days in quarantine? It’s being expanded to Edmonton airport february 1, I understand. It is crazy and subjecting all Albertans to unnecessary risks.

Shonna MacDonald


As an immune compromised person with immune compromised and high risk persons in my household and family, this information is vital to my family so that we can best protect ourselves. I do not feel safe not knowing what is being down to protect ourselves from this dangerous new variant.