Posted on Sep 28, 2021

UCP MLA Undermines Vaccination Campaign, Admits UCP Playing Politics with Public Health

Grande Prairie MLA and disgraced former UCP cabinet minister Tracy Allard must resign after sending a letter to Albertans intentionally undermining vaccination efforts.

In a newsletter sent to constituents on Friday, Allard says she will defend the choice of Albertans not to get vaccinated, while also downplaying capacity challenges at the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie, which reached maximum ICU capacity on September 10th.

Allard, who resigned from Cabinet following the Alohagate scandal, told her constituents in a September newsletter that she is pushing the government to share “wellness protocols” on how Albertans can “strengthen their natural immunity.”

Allard also admits that the original recommendation from the Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw around the “restriction exemption program”  did not come with a negative COVID test option. This option was added by the UCP Caucus.

Allard’s comments follow several recent attempts from UCP MLAs to undermine Alberta’s public health response, including Lac Ste. Anne-Parkland MLA Shane Getson who blamed AHS salaries for capacity issues, Airdrie-East MLA Angela Pitt who promoted pictures from an anti-vaccine rally, Airdrie-Cochrane MLA Pete Guthrie who said unvaccinated Albertans weren’t responsible for the current hospital crisis, and Red Deer-South MLA Jason Stephan, who publicly opposed Alberta’s vaccine passport program.

“Ask a doctor and they’ll tell you: that’s what vaccines are for. But Ms. Allard isn’t talking about vaccines, she’s talking about the same mentality that leads to ‘Get Covid Parties’, like the one in Edson that led to more Albertans in hospital,” - David Shepherd 

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