Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole announced on Tuesday that Canada's Conservatives are officially calling on the Trudeau Liberals to table, within 20 days, a "clear, data-driven plan to support gradually, safely, and permanently lifting COVID-19 restrictions."
O'Toole pointed to groups such as Unifor, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and various other groups who have called on the Trudeau Liberals to relax various different economic and social restrictions around COVID.
"These groups have been documenting the massive consequences of lockdowns on workers, small businesses, and their millions of employees across Canada. In their words, 'it is neither socially or economically sustainable to rely heavily on rotating lockdowns while we wait for an effective vaccine to be widely administered in the coming year,' and I agree," said O'Toole.
O'Toole compared the Trudeau Liberals' response with those of allies such as the US or UK.
"The President of the United States, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom have both released public plans for economic reopening. But Mr. Trudeau refuses to give Canadians clarity on whether and when regular and social life will be able to resume, and under what circumstances and conditions."
O'Toole demanded clarity on what re-openings would look like, and what measures would be kept in place to keep Canadians safe.
"The federal government has advised of the need for temporary covid-19 restrictions to alleviate pressures on the public health system, including by the prime minister on three separate occasions, since November 2020. Surely if the prime minister can call for greater restrictions, he can also indicate the conditions and plan for a safe and responsible reopening," said O'Toole.