Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney and Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe will move to lift COVID restrictions in their provinces amid ongoing protests by freedom truckers in the Canadian capital of Ottawa; “I get the frustration,” Kenny says. “Please stay tuned in the coming days for more information.”
There was also a video expressing support for the protestors.
“We’ve had a lot of protests, and a lot of people, and I think the vast majority of them are well-intentioned, law-abiding Canadians who are sick and tired of how COVID has turned their lives upside down,” Kenney said in the clip. “They’re frustrated with all kinds of public health measures.”
“[M]any are frustrated in particular with the quarantine requirement for cross-border truckers. So to those folks who’ve been out there trying to make that point respectfully and peacefully, thank you. Thank you for using your democratic rights to do that. Thank you for sharing your passion and your frustration. I certainly hear you.”
“Please understand, there have been no good choices in any of this,” Kenney said. “So to folks who are motivated by that frustration, I totally sympathize with that, but please express that in a way that is lawful and peaceful, and please, don’t make a bad situation worse,” Kenney said, adding that he is campaigning to end the quarantine requirement for unvaccinated cross-border truckers, internally in Canada and in the U.S. “So, for those who feel that way, I’m on your side.”
I get the frustration out there, but the end of COVID-restrictions is near.
Please stay tuned in the coming days for more information.
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— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) February 2, 2022
Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe made a similar announcement later in the day, confirming that an end to the restrictions is near.
“There’s been a lot of discussions about whether it’s time for us in Saskatchewan to look at ending all of the remaining COVID measures and restrictions that we have in place. Well, I think it is time,” said Moe. “That’s not because COVID has ended, it most certainly hasn’t. It’s because people understand it better. They understand what they need to do, they understand the risk, and they are prepared to live with that risk more than they are prepared to live with the ongoing government intrusion into their lives.”
“Remember when this first started, so very long ago? Government measures were supposed to last, I think, two weeks. Well it’s been two years,” Moe continued.
“But as we moved through all of those challenges, we learned more about this virus, and we learned more about how we can protect ourselves.” Moe attributed the rise of vaccines, readily available antiviral therapeutic treatments, and expanded testing as part of the reason behind the decision. He also said that eradicating COVID is not possible, but normalizing and living with COVID is. “This perpetual state of crisis is having a harmful impact on everyone,” Moe said. “We need to end this perpetual state of crisis.”
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— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) February 3, 2022
[h/t The Daily Wire]