Tweetstorm erupts after Ottawa prof says Alberta should not get federal assistance

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A University of Ottawa professor was drawing heavy criticism from citizens across the country after suggesting the federal government should not help Alberta in the fight against COVID-19. Amir Attaran is a professor of Law and Medicine at the University of Ottawa. On Wednesday evening he caught a lot of attention with a Twitter thread suggesting it would be wrong for the federal government to provide field hospitals if needed. Attaran’s thread argued that provincial officials ignored a mountain of advice and chose to keep the economy open. He said Alberta is the richest province in the confederation, and should pay for any medical response.

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