Madu, the United Conservative MP for Edmonton Southwest, apologized on Twitter a day after his press secretary told media the minister had no complaints. “I would like to apologize for my recent comments on my personal Facebook account,” he wrote.
“Alberta is facing an unprecedented public health crisis. My comments were wrong because all Canadians want this global pandemic to end as soon as possible.
“I fully support the Premier’s recent call to avoid divisive political rhetoric during what we all hope will be the last part of this pandemic, and I will continue the important work of the government to protect Albertans from this virus.
The apology came a day after Madu’s comments came to light. They were posted last Friday in the comments section of another user’s Facebook page.
Madu wrote that his government must impose stricter public health measures or run the risk of leaving Albertans “in the field and makeshift hospitals, breathless because we have [run] short of fans, staff, etc. ”
“What I mean is I don’t think he will be responsible for just waiting until we have a disaster on our hands,” he wrote. “This is what the NDP, the media and the federal Liberals have been looking for and wanting. We just couldn’t allow that to happen. “
Asked Monday about the remarks of his minister, press secretary Blaise Boehmer doubled down and declared that Madu would not apologize for denouncing the “overcooked and inflammatory rhetoric” of the New Democrat opposition.
The provincial NDP said Madu’s comments were false. For months, Opposition Leader Rachel Notley and her caucus have said Prime Minister Jason Kenney and his cabinet have not done enough to curb the rise in COVID-19 cases.
Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau slammed Madu for spreading disinformation and using the pandemic to score political points.
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“It’s a shame to see people point fingers and blame and suggest that anyone in Canada wants anything other than to get through this pandemic in the safest way possible everywhere,” Trudeau said.
“I think playing politics at this point just isn’t what Canadians want to see. ”
Asked hours later about his justice minister’s comments, Kenney said he had not seen the Facebook post. He said he would talk to Madu.
“COVID has caused a lot of us to say things that we regret,” Kenney said.
“And I encourage everyone, no matter which side of the political spectrum they’re on, to try and give themselves a break now. “
A lawyer by profession, Madu was first elected Member of Parliament for Edmonton Southwest in the April 2019 election. He is the only UCP member in the City of Edmonton Legislative Assembly, which is dominated by the NDP.
Madu was first minister of municipal affairs before taking over as head of the justice ministry in August 2020.