‘Time to start listening’: UCP MLAs Pitt, Barnes join group opposing COVID-19 restrictions

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“After careful examination and scrutiny of mitigation measures undertaken by all levels of government, it is now evident that the lockdowns cause more harm than the virus and must be brought to an end,” the group states.

​”We devote our energy and efforts to the just and compassionate objective of reopening our businesses, schools, places of worship, recreational facilities, along with the full resumption and expansion of efficient medical services.”

Other politicians who have joined the movement include People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier, along with independent MP Derek Sloan, who was recently expelled from the federal Conservative Party caucus after accepting a donation from a white supremacist.

Sajjad Fazel, a public health researcher at the University of Calgary, questioned what data supported the group’s assertion that restrictions have caused more harm than COVID-19.

“This type of sentiment is very dangerous,” he said.

“When you have science being politicized and polarized, then you enter into very dangerous territory because then you’re undermining the statements made by public health officials, by scientists, by physicians. You’re basically empowering people to oppose evidence-based science and to follow conspiracy theories.”

There have been 1,722 deaths related to COVID-19 in Alberta since the pandemic began, as of Tuesday.

A total of 427 COVID-19 patients remain in hospital, including 78 people being treated in intensive-care units.

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