Oct. 19, 2020

Using Coronavirus as a licence to rule

Since the last election, the Liberal minority has practiced brinksmanship, effectively daring the opposition members to bring them down. Their use of the virus threat as a license to rule rather than govern has been a masterpiece of strategic political manipulation and maneuvering.

Responding to a virus epidemic by creating an economic crisis is irrational. The business and service lockdown and quarantine did not work. Lockdown did not stop the virus spread.

Our governments used half-measures. We did not demand a 14-day quarantine for visitors to Canada. Telling travellers that they should isolate for 14 days without ensuring that they did resulted in infections. When interprovincial travel was restricted, people travelled to visit family and to conduct business. Returning travellers spread the virus.

We discovered how many people work at multiple part-time jobs and spread infections from one employment place to another. We failed to take precautions to stop virus spread from employee to employee. Governments call these events "outbreaks," but they are the result of bad planning.

Many politicians and health care people have were caught breaking the rules they put in place for the public. We will never know how many broke the rules but were missed. Their pretense that other people who fail to adhere to regulations are a menace is hypocritical.

COVID has infected 0.53 per cent of us, and 0.03 per cent have died from COVID. When we continue to have infections in seniors facilities and hospitals, we know the virus is not under control. The pretense that we had 'flattened the curve' when we did not know how many community infections there were is silly.

Opening up businesses and services did not cause an increase in COVID cases. We had become more adept at contact tracing and identifying infected persons. Relaxing regulations made it possible to identify people we did not know about during the lockdown. No one considered that isolation kept infected persons out of view and off the official records.

Our federal government is determined to ensure its COVID response is central to political dialogue, and consequently, all other governance issues are unimportant. Its position that dolling out dollars to combat the government-created financial crisis is too important to hold the government to account is ludicrous.

Mr. Trudeau intends to create a green recovery (whatever that is), adhere to United Nations dictates, including climate change, and stick to foreign-sponsored environmental policies designed to shut down our oil and gas sector.

We need essential governance focused on resurrecting our economic engines to allow us to regain stable personal incomes. Medical people with no financial experience cannot govern us. Health care costs are increasing far faster than the cost of living. We have to set aside ideological policies favouring a stable, welcoming climate for entrepreneurs and investors.

We cannot survive in a government-built economy. No federal government is qualified to start or run a business or choose what companies to invest in. Governments must step back and leave that to those who have the expertise. Every government-backed enterprise has eventually failed us.

Suncor Energy has owned Petro-Canada since 1991 – another federal concept up in a puff of expensive taxpayer-funded smoke. The list is long and dreary. We need a political party ready to let us get back to running our lives, earning incomes and managing our money. Who is going to step up to the plate?