Jan. 26, 2022

Canadians just don't like being told what to do

School trustees’ email boxes are being inundated with opinions on the school board’s pandemic mandate for all staff. The responses are about evenly divided for-and-against the board’s position.

I don’t think it would have mattered which way the board ruled. . .  the same two sides would have taken the same stance.

This is likely a glimpse into our future. Once the virus is more or less gone we’ll still be deeply divided about what we deem as our rights. We know about the truck drivers descending on Ottawa to argue their right-to-choose on masking up on the job. 

And former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Brian Peckford is getting set to take the federal government to court in a battle for rights. He knows a thing or two about the charter of rights, he helped write it.

The virus may fade, but the divisive argument over rights will continue for a long time. Canadians just don’t like to be told what to do.