- Advertisement -
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
- Advertisement -

New Democrats calling for southern Alberta UCP MLA to be canned

- Advertisement -

EDMONTON, AB. – An outspoken United Conservative MLA is under fire for comments he made about the effectiveness of COVID-19 tests and masks.

In a video interview with the Western Standard on Thursday (Jan. 28) Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes, praised the testing system in Florida, saying tests here may be 50% ineffective.

He also gave credit to Albertans for wearing masks, even though according to him, it’s debatable whether they help prevent spread.

The NDP is calling for the Premier to remove Barnes from caucus over these remarks and that he’s spreading dangerous conspiracy theories.

- Advertisement -   Article continues below ad

“It’s time for Kenney to back up his big talk with real action,” said Sarah Hoffman, Deputy NDP Leader. “By his own admission, his vacationing staff and MLAs harmed Alberta’s public health efforts. And now, yet another UCP MLA is undermining public safety by spreading false information.”

Barnes, for his part, took to Twitter Friday afternoon to try to clarify some of his statements, saying PCR testing is effective, but according to Public Health Canada, a high number of false negatives can present within the first five-days of exposure to the virus.

- Advertisement -
Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Lethbridge News

Extreme heat breaks 107 year old record in Lethbridge

LETHBRIDGE, AB - July was one for the weather record books across southern Alberta and the last day of the month was a doozy...

“Left an incredible legacy”: Cor Van Raay passes away at 85

LETHBRIDGE, AB - Southern Alberta's celebrated cattle and grain farmer, entrepreneur and generous philanthropist, Cor Van Raay, has died at the age of 85. An...

Lethbridge College’s Coulee Fest set to return in September

LETHBRIDGE, AB - Lethbridge College's free festival is returning in September after a one-year, COVID-19-related absence. The fourth annual Coulee Fest will once again feature...

Delta-driven COVID-19 resurgence possible in Fall, Dr. Tam

Canada may be heading towards a Delta-driven fourth wave of COVID-19.  Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam gave the latest projections today (Friday), which...

Fire crews quick to control blaze at downtown Lethbridge restaurant

LETHBRIDGE, AB - A fire at Two Guys and a Pizza Place early Friday morning (July 30) is under investigation. Crews from four fire stations...
- Advertisement -