MLA flyer claiming “the worst COVID-19 pandemic behind us” sent in September: UCP

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A flyer sent by United Conservative Party MP Miranda Rosin was not greeted warmly by some residents of her riding of Banff-Kananaskis.The front line of the mail reads, “With the worst of the COVID-19 health pandemic behind us” and continues to encourage Albertans to be optimistic about the future of the province’s economy.

It comes as the Alberta Department of Health announced a record 1336 new COVID cases on Saturday, bringing the total number of active cases in the province to 11,274.

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Several people took to social media to share their concerns about the flyer, wondering why the UCP MP’s mail contradicts what Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw and Premier Jason Kenney, have been saying for weeks about the danger of the virus.

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In a statement on her Facebook page, Rosin said she heard comments about the flyer and that it was printed before the last number spike.

“Print and mailing times are often quite slow,” Rosin said. “This newsletter was sent out for printing in early fall when our active files were under 2,000, but was only delivered to mailboxes this week. There is no denying that the number of cases in Alberta is now on the rise, especially in communities like Banff.

A spokesperson for the UCP caucus said the leaflet was drafted in September and sent out for delivery in October before hitting mailboxes on Thursday, November 19.

Misunderstood and erroneous

Dr Juliet Guichon, associate professor at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, said UCP senior management should have helped the young MP formulate the message and medical officials made it clear that another wave of COVID-19 was imminent.

“This document misunderstood the significance of the pandemic and how it would develop in the fall when people came inside,” Guichon said. “I think it is possible that the member is trying to encourage people, but that is a rookie mistake.”

Guichon added that she hopes Rosin learns from the mistake.

“Everyone makes mistakes when they’re young and better oversight should be in place for this young MP,” she said. “I applaud the young women who enter politics.”

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Lori Williams, associate professor at Mount Royal University, said failure to prevent delivery of the leaflet was an error in judgment.

“If anyone looks casually, they know things have gotten pretty serious very recently,” Williams said. “Knowing what is in this leaflet, the prudent thing to do would be not to send it, because it doesn’t help anyone; not the people who receive it, not the member who sends it and not the government.

The UCP Caucus did not provide details when asked if the post from Alberta health professionals on Wave 2 was overlooked in the writing of the leaflet.

When asked to comment, the Premier’s Office said, “The government has been clear on the seriousness of the pandemic and the need for all Albertans to [to] take measures to control the spread pending the widespread distribution and vaccination of vaccines. ”

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