Liberals refuse to provide safe reopening plan
March 24, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Michelle Rempel Garner, Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, and Luc Berthold, Conservative Shadow Minister for the Treasury Board, issued the following statement after the Liberals voted against providing a data-driven roadmap to safely ease COVID-19 restrictions:
“It’s disappointing that the Trudeau Liberals refuse to present a clear, data-driven plan to support gradually, safely, and permanently lifting COVID-19 restrictions. While other countries, like the United Kingdom and the United States, have developed data-driven post COVID-19 plans, Canadians are left without a plan for the future.
“We know that this pandemic has greatly impacted the mental health of Canadians. Over the last year, we have seen a dramatic rise in mental health issues, addictions, and overdoses. This cannot continue – things must change.
“After more than a year, despite our access to public health tools such as rapid tests, shared data on how COVID-19 spreads, and vaccines, we are still waiting for information on what metrics will be used to determine a plan for reopening. It is unacceptable to continue to ask Canadians to sacrifice more without providing clarity on how and when we can expect to see restrictions to be safely eased.
“On multiple occasions, Justin Trudeau has urged provinces to implement stricter lockdowns while the Liberal government oversaw vaccine shortages across Canada. Now, the federal Liberals need to use the resources at their disposal to provide data-driven guidance to support provinces and territories as they chart a safe path forward.
“Conservatives will continue to demand a plan from the Liberal government so Canadians can get the hope they need.”