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Singh goes after Kenney’s health-care record at Alberta campaign stop

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EDMONTON — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is campaigning in Alberta today, with double-barrelled attacks on Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Premier Jason Kenney.

Singh took his campaign to the Conservative-held riding of Edmonton Griesbach today, trying to capitalize on the premier’s declining popularity amid the pandemic.

Singh was speaking about health care, and attempted to paint Kenney and Trudeau with the same brush, as leaders who make cuts to that sector.

He says Kenney was part of a previous federal Conservative government that made cuts to health care and that Trudeau continued on the same path.

Singh also insisted his relationship was solid with former New Democrat premier Rachel Notley, the other Alberta politician who looms large in the federal NDP’s quest to retain its Alberta seat and perhaps expand into other ridings.

The two hold opposing views on the Trans Mountain pipeline and Notley has been vocal about their disagreement on it, but Singh says the two chat regularly and have far more in common.

The federal NDP only holds one riding in the province, Edmonton Strathcona, which borders the riding Singh visited today.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 19, 2021.

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