Alberta COVID panel recommends medical freedom proposals to avoid future discrimination
The findings in the 116-page report concluded that elected officials should have the final say in matters of health emergencies and that school lockdowns should be avoided that cause immense harm to children.
(LifeSiteNews) – A panel convened by Alberta’s freedom-oriented Premier Danielle Smith to investigate the previous government’s COVID governance released its findings, recommending many pro-freedom polices be implemented, such as strengthening personal medical freedoms via legislation so that one does not lose their job for refusing a vaccine as well as concluding that Albertans’ rights were indeed infringed on.
Smith started the Public Health Emergencies Governance Review Panel (PHEGRP) in January to investigate the province’s COVID governance under predecessor Jason Kenney.
The panel was tasked to review “legislation and governance practices used by the Government of Alberta during the management of the COVID-19 public health emergency.”
Smith, who leads the United Conservative Party (UCP), tasked former Canadian MP Preston Manning, who headed the Reform Party for years before it merged with another party to form the modern-day Conservative Party of Canada, to lead the panel. Manning was a vocal critic of excessive COVID lockdowns imposed on Canadians from 2020 to 2022.
The 116-page report released Wednesday made some 90 recommendations that the government should consider to be more prepared come a potential future health crisis and to avoid infringing on one’s personal freedoms and rights.
Among the findings, the report recommended that elected officials have the final say in matters of health emergencies and that school lockdowns should be avoided that cause immense harm to children.
Notable highlights from the report show a list of what are considered fundamental rights of Albertans that the report recommends the government take steps to protect, via the Alberta Bill of Rights.
The Panel commissioned Mr. Kelly-Gagnon, president emeritus of the pro-freedom Montreal Economic Institute, along with his associates to “prepare a paper on the protection of rights and freedoms during a public emergency, along with other solicited legal expertise, to develop this chapter.”
The paper, A Path Towards the Improved Protection of Rights and Freedoms in the Context of Public Crises and Emergencies (MKG paper), was included in the panel’s final report.
The paper suggested that the Alberta Bill of Rights be expanded to include the “right to personal autonomy and integrity” as well as making it so that “every Albertan is entitled to informed consent to medical, psychological or any other type of state-sanctioned care.”