One of the highlights of the United Conservative Party annual general meeting was a “bearpit” session on Saturday evening.
Members of the Legislative Assembly, including Premier Jason Kenney, took to the stage for an open microphone Q&A session where the UCP membership could ask tough questions.
Surprisingly, there seemed to be no effort to limit or control questions at all, and the MLAs remained on stage answering questions on a wide variety of topics for nearly two hours, going far beyond the scheduled one-hour period.
While the scripted portions of the UCP AGM touched on COVID restrictions and vaccine passports briefly, largely emphasizing the party's fiscal growth and campaign promises being kept.
Once the unscripted questions started flowing the extent to which vaccine mandates have dominated the underlying concerns and divisions among the party membership became apparent.
Jason Kenney and Alberta Health Minster Jason Copping were put face to face with people sharing some truly heartbreaking stories of adverse medical reactions, job losses and hardships that have directly resulted from their policies.
While the sympathy of MLAs to these stories may have been heartfelt, and their willingness to respond directly was laudable, it seemed apparent to most that the answers did not adequately address the magnitude of the tragic stories being brought forward, and the lack of action to remedy these all to commons stories speaks louder than any sound bite ever could.
We’ve pulled some of the tough questions that UCP members and attendees asked of their MLAs so that you can judge their responses for yourself.
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