Meili argued the late emergence of cases in Saskatchewan coupled with its lower population density gave it an advantage in containing the virus in the spring. He says government should have taken a stronger position on the use of face masks and invested more money into reducing class sizes in schools and improving staffing in health care, both central NDP platform points.
Canada is already experiencing a deadly third wave of COVID-19. But the rise of the P1 variant threatens to make the pandemic worse. Governments and the public will have to act fast to prevent further spread of a scarier variant.