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MP’s report – A laundry list of Covid-19 failures should unite Canadians against PM Trudeau


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“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln
It is indeed a challenging time for Canadians. At no time in our recent history, possibly our entire history, has our nation been as divided as it is today. In the last 6 years we have been divided East to West and coast to coast to coast. In the last year we have been divided by province and territory and within our own province we have been divided by political party, by opinion and even by our faith. We have been divided by fear and we have been divided by anger. Make no mistake we ARE divided.
Unfortunately, not much has changed since the start of COVID-19 more than a year ago. Hospitalizations are on the rise and sadly, Albertans have died. We are still living under restrictions, businesses and livelihoods have been lost, increasingly families are in crisis and there is no end in sight. A year ago, we were “all in this together” and right now it appears that Canadians are trying to paddle the boat in two different directions, and we are getting nowhere.
I have no doubt that our current situation would be much less dire were it not for the failings of the Liberal government. Their series of missteps, misdirection, and mistakes have cost Canadians dearly.
In 2019, the Liberal government silenced the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), the early warning system that would have detected the COVID-19 pandemic just months before it began. According to the Globe and Mail “With no pandemic scares in recent memory, the government felt GPHIN was too internationally focused, and therefore not a good use of funding” (…/article-without…/)
The Liberal government then failed to close borders to our country, a decision that may have increased the number of cases in our country. They even went so far as to tell Canadians that closing the borders would not work and even suggested that we might be considered racists for doing so (…/covid-coronavirus-pandemic-trudeau…). It took Canada a full month to follow the lead of our nearest neighbour before deciding to close the borders and in doing so finally closed Roxham Road (…/editorial-finally-roxham-road…).
Canadians then learned that the Liberal government had let millions of pieces of PPE expire and did not replenish the national stockpile – leaving us short of the N-95 masks and gloves needed for our front-line workers (…/heath-minister-emergency-stockpile…). If this weren’t enough, we then learned that the Trudeau Liberals sent 16 metric tonnes of PPE to China in February of 2020. (…/article-ottawa-faces…/). Let us not ignore the fact that the Liberal government flip-flopped on mask use, causing further confusion for Canadians (…/editorial-the-great-canadian…).
The Liberals even managed to bungle the procurement of vaccines. Foolishly Trudeau inked a deal with China to provide Canada with vaccines; essentially putting all of our vaccine eggs in one basket – he then waited three months to tell Canadians that the deal had fallen through (…/glavin-trudeau-should-stop…). It then became a mad scramble to procure vaccines and in doing so the government has panic-purchased 350 million vaccines – enough to vaccinate all Canadians nearly ten times over. (…/trudeau-moe-conservatives-vaccine…). Even with all of these vaccines, the Liberals still had to beg the United States (…/canada-finalizing-deal-with-u…) and take vaccines from COVAX, an organization designed to assist less wealthy nations to obtain vaccines (…/covax-explainer-canada-backlash-1…) because of the delays associated with their late procurement of vaccines. Liberals were also slow at approving the use of rapid testing – a key to reopening businesses and schools (…/rapid-testing-in-canada…).
What has remained consistent during the last year is the Liberal’s ability to hide and to deflect responsibilities. Amidst scandal, the Liberal’s prorogued Parliament, eliminating the ability of opposition parties to suggest meaningful changes to legislation, which in turn delayed assistance to those who needed help the most. They failed to procure vaccines and rapid tests, key essentials to helping the provinces reopen and then sits back when the provinces shoulder the responsibility of managing restrictions designed to keep Canadians safe.
It’s hard to imagine, but recently, the CDC advised that “travelers should avoid all travel to Canada” (…/destinations/traveler/none/canada). This is our current reputation. As we watch the rest of the world open up, we will continue to lag behind and in turn our economic recover will suffer. This, as the rest of the COVID-19 response, lies squarely at the feet of Justin Trudeau.
I care about every person that I represent. I care about the future of our children; I care about the future of our businesses and our economy and I care about the health and well being of all Canadians. I would like to see our students in school, I would like to our graduates have ceremonies and be able to experience university on campus, not in their bedrooms. I would like to see businesses and churches with their doors wide open and I would like to visit communities and meet with the people I represent face to face. Whether you are a senior, a front-line worker, a teacher, a businessperson or someone who has been personally affected by COVID-19, I believe at the end of the day we all want the same thing. Unfortunately, these are not easy times; Canadians have lost on all fronts under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, and we are not out of the woods yet.
In just a few days, the Liberals will table a budget – this budget will be filled with promises that we simply cannot afford and will continue to divide us. He will bribe you with your own money and tell you how grateful you should be for the actions of his Liberal government. He will tell you proudly that “8 of every 10 dollars spent in Canada to fight #COVID19 and support Canadians has been spent by the federal government.”
(…/status/1334236619688308736…) – conveniently ignoring the fact that it’s actually all taxpayer’s money – he is spending your money.
Let us not be divided against each other. Instead let us recognize, together, why we are so divided and understand that it is the complete and utter failings of the Liberal government and how their decisions continue to divide Canadians. If the Liberal government won’t change, then it’s time to change the Liberal government.
Together we can do that.


Jordan Peterson explains why Canadians should pay attention to the National Citizens Inquiry.

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Most Canadians may be unaware that a Citizen-Led Inquiry into Canada’s COVID-19 Response is underway.  The first hearing which took place in Truro, Nova Scotia has already provided the five Inquiry Commissioners with hours of evidence to consider.

Hearings are also scheduled for Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Red Deer, Vancouver, Quebec City, and finally Ottawa.  The second round of hearings starts Thursday, March 30 in Toronto.  On the eve of this, the National Citizens Inquiry has released a statement from renowned Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson.  Below in his message to the commissioners, Dr. Peterson outlines all the reasons this inquiry is so important.


A Citizen-Led Inquiry Into Canada’s COVID-19 Response

Canada’s federal and provincial governments’ COVID-19 policies were unprecedented. These interventions into Canadians’ lives, our families, businesses, and communities were, and to great extent remain, significant. In particular, these interventions impacted the physical and mental health, civil liberties and fundamental freedoms, jobs and livelihoods, and overall social and economic wellbeing of nearly all Canadians.

These circumstances demand a comprehensive, transparent, and objective national inquiry into the appropriateness and efficacy of these interventions, and to determine what lessons can be learned for the future. Such an inquiry cannot be commissioned or conducted impartially by our governments as it is their responses and actions to the COVID-19 which would be under investigation.

The National Citizen’s Inquiry (NCI) is a citizen-led and citizen-funded initiative that is completely independent from government. In early 2023, the NCI will hear from Canadians and experts and investigate governments’ COVID-19 policies in a fair and impartial manner.

The NCI’s purpose is to listen, to learn, and to recommend. What went right? What went wrong? How can Canadians and our governments better react to national crises in the future in a manner that balances the interests of all members of our society?

Canadian psychologist, Dr. Jordan B. Peterson who is also an author, online educator, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto spoke out about the Canadian response to COVID-19.

Dr. Peterson’s prerecorded testimony was directed to the five Commissioners at the National Citizens Inquiry in Truro, Nova Scotia.


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What Happened When the Georgia Governor Tried to Open the State?

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From the Brownstone Institute

BY Jeffrey A. TuckerJEFFREY A. TUCKER  

The journalists have fallen down on the job. To say the least.

Three years ago, all normal rights and liberties of the people were trampled on by governments everywhere. It was all for naught. The virus came and became endemic as it always would in any case. And as societies opened up gradually, we were left with unbearable carnage: economic, cultural, and public health. The damages continue to hammer the world in the form of health and economic losses, and now we face a growing financial and banking crisis.

One might assume that professional journalists would be all over this, digging into every nook and cranny to discover precisely how all this came to be. Alas, there is a weird game of pretend going on in the mainstream press: pretend lockdowns were fine, pretend the shots worked, and pretend that today’s shattered politics and economics have nothing to do with the outrageous actions that were perpetuated on people the world over.

As a result of this tremendously odd conspiracy of silence, the journalistic duty has fallen to people independent of the mainstream, writing for Brownstone, Substack, and a handful of other venues.

And yet, every once in a while, something does leak through in a large venue. That happened this weekend in the Wall Street Journal. The opinion page editor James Taranto took a trip to Georgia to talk with Governor Brian Kemp. The result is “Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Affable Culture Warrior.”

The thesis is that Kemp has been battling woke culture longer than anyone else while rarely getting the credit.

That’s interesting but not the real revelation of the piece. What it really does is dig deeply into the most interesting aspect of the last three years: how it came to be that Georgia was the first state to open following lockdowns and how the White House responded. On this subject, the piece absolutely breaks new ground, so much so that it is worth quoting the relevant passages here.

In April 2020, businesses in Georgia were shuttered by government decree as in most of the rest of the country. Mr. Kemp was hearing from desperate entrepreneurs: “ ‘Look man, we’re losing everything we’ve got. We can’t keep doing this.’ And I really felt like there was a lot of people fixin’ to revolt against the government.”

The Trump administration “had that damn graph or matrix or whatever that you had to fit into to be able to do certain things,” Mr. Kemp recalls. “Your cases had to be going down and whatever. Well, we felt like we met the matrix, and so I decided to move forward and open up.” He alerted Vice President Mike Pence, who headed the White House’s coronavirus task force, before publicly announcing his intentions on April 20.

That afternoon Mr. Trump called Mr. Kemp, “and he was furious.” Mr. Kemp recounts the conversation as follows:

“Look, the national media’s all over me about letting you do this,” Mr. Trump said. “And they’re saying you don’t meet whatever.”

Mr. Kemp replied: “Well, Mr. President, we sent your team everything, and they knew what we were doing. You’ve been saying the whole pandemic you trust the governors because we’re closest to the people. Just tell them you may not like what I’m doing, but you’re trusting me because I’m the governor of Georgia and leave it at that. I’ll take the heat.”

“Well, see what you can do,” the president said. “Hair salons aren’t essential and bowling alleys, tattoo parlors aren’t essential.”

“With all due respect, those are our people,” Mr. Kemp said. “They’re the people that elected us. They’re the people that are wondering who’s fighting for them. We’re fixin’ to lose them over this, because they’re about to lose everything. They are not going to sit in their basement and lose everything they got over a virus.”

Mr. Trump publicly attacked Mr. Kemp: “He went on the news at 5 o’clock and just absolutely trashed me. . . . Then the local media’s all over me—it was brutal.” The president was still holding daily press briefings on Covid. “After running over me with the bus on Monday, he backed over me on Tuesday,” Mr. Kemp says. “I could either back down and look weak and lose all respect with the legislators and get hammered in the media, or I could just say, ‘You know what? Screw it, we’re holding the line. We’re going to do what’s right.’ ” He chose the latter course. “Then on Wednesday, him and [Anthony] Fauci did it again, but at that point it didn’t really matter. The damage had already been done there, for me anyway.”

The damage healed quickly once businesses began reopening on Friday, April 24. Mr. Kemp quotes a state lawmaker who said in a phone call: “I went and got my hair cut, and the lady that cuts my hair wanted me to tell you—and she started crying when she told me this story—she said, ‘You tell the governor I appreciate him reopening, to allow me to make a choice, because . . . if I’d have stayed closed, I had a 95% chance of losing everything I’ve ever worked for. But if I open, I only had a 5% chance of getting Covid. And so I decided to open, and the governor gave me that choice.’ ”

At that point, Florida was still shut down. Mr. DeSantis issued his first reopening order on April 29, nine days after Mr. Kemp’s. On April 28, the Florida governor had visited the White House, where, as CNN reported, “he made sure to compliment the President and his handling of the crisis, praise Trump returned in spades.”

Three years later, here’s the thanks Mr. DeSantis gets: This Wednesday Mr. Trump issued a statement excoriating “Ron DeSanctimonious” as “a big Lockdown Governor on the China Virus.” As Mr. Trump now tells the tale, “other Republican Governors did MUCH BETTER than Ron and, because I allowed them this ‘freedom,’ never closed their States. Remember, I left that decision up to the Governors!”

What’s utterly remarkable here is that readers gain an inside look into the difficult spot into which Trump’s White House had placed Republican governors. The whole machinery of DC had been marshaled with Trump’s approval. The order read: “indoor and outdoor venues where people can congregate should be closed.” He issued this order on March 16 and expected full compliance, and then lobbied for trillions in welfare to the states to make sure they stayed locked down.

Only South Dakota with Kristy Noem refused. And for that she was dragged through the mud of media lies for two years because she allowed motorcyclists, for example, to organize and ride in her state. The fake studies coming out about the Sturgis bike rallies set a new low standard for real-time science.

Georgia is important because it was the first state to open. Trump tweeted his opposition to this move both in general and then, two weeks later, in opposition to Kemp’s opening.

Every bit of documentation absolutely contradicts Trump’s claim that he “left that decision up to the Governors” as a matter of his own intention. It was his intention to achieve what he later bragged he had done, which is “turned it off.”

I won’t belabor this anymore because we’ve covered this in more detail here and here.

And yet for weeks now, Trump has been telling visitors to Mar-a-Lago, and his coterie has backed him up, that he never locked down and only people like Kemp and DeSantis did this over his objections. Daily I get calls from people who are stunned that this outright attempt to falsify history is happening. But these days, it is just part of public life, I suppose.

This is why we must be grateful for people like Taranto for digging more deeply into the actual history of what happened in those fateful months from 2020 when life itself was completely upended by dreadful decision-making from the White House. If we had more journalists interested in what actually happened, rather than just pretending that either what happened was perfectly normal or that it didn’t happen at all, we would be far closer to getting to the truth, and making sure that such a calamity never repeats itself.


  • Jeffrey A. Tucker

    Jeffrey A. Tucker is Founder and President of the Brownstone Institute. He is also Senior Economics Columnist for Epoch Times, author of 10 books, including Liberty or Lockdown, and thousands of articles in the scholarly and popular press. He speaks widely on topics of economics, technology, social philosophy, and culture.

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