A United Conservative Party MLA says Alberta Premier Jason Kenney would rather “blow up” the government than admit he was wrong about COVID-19 and resign.
The MLA, who spoke to the Western Standard on the condition of anonymity, made the comment prior to a Tuesday afternoon Kenney cabinet shuffle.
“This is a desperate bid by Kenney to save his leadership,” the MLA said.
“Most of us agree Shandro is incompetent and must go, but he was acting under orders directly from Kenney.
“It looks pathetic and is only designed to stave off a vote of no-confidence from the caucus tomorrow,” the MLA said.
“Rather than go gracefully, he [Kenney] would rather blow the whole thing up than step down gracefully.”
Kenney will announce the shuffle at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and will follow with a press conference with Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw to update the COVID-19 situation in the province.
Health Minister Tyler Shandro is expected to lose his job to Calgary-Varsity MLA Jason Copping. Shandro is expected to take Copping’s labour portfolio.
Alberta has been swamped by a fourth COVID-19 wave and the Delta variant. Hospital ICU beds are filled to overflowing and thousands of new cases are being reported every few days.
Kenney even broke his word and brought in a vaccine passport.
Also on Tuesday, Alberta asked the Canadian government for help in dealing with the crisis.
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard