I is now some time since new COVID-19 variants have been identified in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. These new variants are more transmissible and therefore more dangerous, though whether they cause more severe disease is not yet certain. As Manitoba Liberals we continue to be concerned about efforts which need to be taken to prevent such new variants from coming to our province. We know that new variants have been detected in Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. In Ontario a new variant has been identified in an outbreak in Barrie. Action to prevent such variants coming to Manitoba should have already been taken 10 days ago. As well, Manitobans deserve answers to a number of questions concerning these new variants and the Manitoba situation. Our letter below was sent January 15, and we still have not had a reply to most of these questions, although public health has indicated that as of January 22, there had been no new variants detected in Manitoba.