Sask. Leaders react to Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis

The news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis was on the minds of Saskatchewan’s political leaders while out on the campaign trail Friday

Sask. Party Leader Scott Moe says his campaign is doing everything right when it comes to the coronavirus and points out campaigning in Saskatchewan is vastly different than a presidential campaign.

“Obviously, there are many differences between our campaign and the presidential campaign that is being conducted south of the border in the U.S.A.,” said Moe. “For example, we’re in a truck not in a plane, we’re staying in one province, not travelling across the nation, we’re not holding large rallies, we’re limiting the number of people at each of our events and we are physically distancing, as you can see at each of our events.”

NDP Leader Ryan Meili says Trump’s diagnosis points out the complications of conducting a campaign in a pandemic.

“This does remind us that it’s something to take seriously as we’re trying to do a campaign,” said Meili. “Thank goodness we didn’t do a campaign when Scott Moe wanted us to, back in the spring when we were first learning about this, when we didn’t know about masks, when there was so much we didn’t understand. What a disaster that would’ve been.”

Both Moe and Meili reassured media that they are taking every precaution and following all guidelines throughout the campaign.

“Just like everyone else in this province, we are being cautious, and we are doing everything that we can to protect ourselves, to protect our families, and to protect all of those around us,” said Moe.

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