Jason Kenney lays out the bad news on COVID-19, then wanders into the economic weeds - 2020-04-08
The facts are pretty grim, and to his credit Kenney didn't try to put a gloss on them -- as many as 800,000 Albertans falling ill by the middle of next month, 400 to 3,100 people dying if we manage to stick with social isolation, and up to 6,600 dead if Albertans refuse to cooperate and continue to self-isolate.
Unsurprisingly, given the shocking nature of those figures, mainstream media focused on that side of the story. Kenney also promised we would soon see 20,000 COVID-19 tests administered daily in Alberta as part of "an aggressive system of mass testing." If that can be accomplished, it will be a remarkable feat.
But Kenney wandered into the weeds as soon he started defending his all-oil-all-the-time economic strategy, and firing random shots at Liberals in Ottawa, Russians in the Kremlin, and princes in the House of Saud to ensure we all understand the coming economic apocalypse around here ought not to be blamed on him or his United Conservative Party.