Tory Leader Erin O'Toole evades questions about Alberta's response to COVID-19 surge

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SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole is evading questions about what he thinks of the Alberta government's management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

O'Toole wouldn't utter the name of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney despite repeated questions from reporters today about the provincial premier's decision on Wednesday night to call a public health emergency and introduce a vaccine passport system.

Alberta's NDP Opposition says Kenney and his United Conservative Party had pushed to reopen faster and harder than any other province and had refused to act for weeks when it had become obvious COVID-19 transmission was getting out of control.

The federal Tory leader refused to say who he thought has done a better job managing the pandemic, Kenney or Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

O'Toole says if he's elected, his government would work with all provinces — regardless of which party is in power — to reduce COVID-19 transmission instead of what he called Trudeau's approach of fighting with premiers.

O'Toole says he has not spoken with Kenney since the Alberta premier announced he would reimpose COVID-19 restrictions to support a hospital system on the brink of collapse.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 16, 2021.

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