‘What I’m asking from Albertans is patience’: Health minister says anger toward UCP justified

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Shandro said it will take time for the government to earn back trust and credibility.

“All of us are making sacrifices and have been for the last 10 months,” he said, adding he last travelled outside of Alberta on Labour Day for a trip to B.C.

Transportation Minister Ric McIver, who is now also serving as interim municipal affairs minister, said his message to Albertans is that they “have every right to expect good behaviour and a high standard of conduct” from the government.

Transportation Minister Ric McIver Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia, file

“Albertans get to judge whether government met those standards,” he said.

“From what I’ve heard, Albertans have said very clearly we have not met those standards. What I have to say is our government agrees. So if you’re yelling at us, interestingly enough, my message is ‘thank you.’ There is no doubt in my mind that we didn’t get it right.”

McIver noted he last travelled outside Alberta in early November to visit his mother, who is ill, in Ontario.

According to a recent poll, Alberta has the highest proportion of residents who say they never visited family or friends outside their home over the recent holiday period. Sixty-eight per cent of Albertans said they abstained from visiting their loved ones, compared to 52 per cent across the country, according to the Leger survey conducted from Dec. 30 to Jan. 3.

Slightly more than one-quarter of Albertans indicated they visited a friend or family member once in the past few weeks, while just four per cent said they did so two or three times — the lowest of any province.

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