‘Unhinged conspiracy theorists’: Kenney condemns actions and claims of some pandemic protest participants

CALGARY — Premier Jason Kenney is speaking out over the claims and actions of participants in recent rallies and protests that he says go too far and are “unhinged.”

An estimated crowd of 750 people protested near the legislature on Monday where chants of “just say not to vaccines” rang out as well as calls to “lock her up” aimed at Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

Politicians from out of province added their voices to the protest outside the legislature including Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Part of Canada.

Derek Sloan, an Ontario MP, showed up at a gathering outside the GraceLife church near Edmonton that had been closed by Alberta Health Services and blocked by RCMP for repeated public health violations.

Kenney responded to these clusters of protests Monday, saying it’s clear that many involved are “unhinged conspiracy theorists.”

He also condemned the actions of a protestor near the GraceLife site who hurled racial slurs at an Indigenous woman from nearby Enoch Reserve and the vandalizing of a vehicle belonging to the Enoch chief.

On Monday, the province announced Bill 66 had been proposed that would make several amendments to the Public Health Act including the removal of the government’s ability to force Albertans to vaccinate.

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