Government House Leader Jason Nixon has announced the suspension of the Assembly’s session for at least two weeks due to rising COVID-19 cases in the province.
In a statement released on Sunday, Nixon’s office said the suspension is an attempt to prevent further spread of the virus, not due to confirmed cases between legislators or staff.
Nixon said in the statement, “With COVID-19 continuously spreading across Alberta, the government has determined that legislators in the constituency are returning to Edmonton from across the province after their stay in Edmonton.” “It is the right thing to postpone proceedings if the number of cases increases.”
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The office said the decision was made after consultation with the official opposition on Sunday. But in a statement, the NDP called the decision “cowardly” and accused Premier Jason Kenny of “running away” to the legislature, while public health measures such as paid sick leave have not been enacted.
NDP Leader Rachel Knolly said, “The first item on Monday’s agenda should be an emergency debate over Jason Kenney’s failed epidemic response.”
“Alberta workers need to pay sick leave, families need a learn from the Home Fund to support students online, our version testing system needs immediate improvement, and our current public health measures are implemented Must do. All this work is being undone because Jason Kenny is afraid of public scrutiny. “
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The decision to suspend spring’s seating comes as Alberta struggles to manage the epidemic. On Saturday, the province reported the highest single-day total COVID-19 cases since the onset of the epidemic at 2,733. It was the third consecutive day the province reported more than 2,000 cases.
Alberta’s active case count was 22,504 compared to Saturday, and the hospital had 646 people with the virus, 152 of whom were in intensive care. Doctors are also being given information on the inpatient triage protocol that they should require.
The temporary return date is May 17, and Nixon says the house can already be encapsulated if an emergency arises.
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