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Then, COVID-19 changed everything. The global economy was on its knees, and Canada had already squandered its opportunity to be prepared and mitigate the crisis. While the federal Liberal Government was slow to respond, provincial governments of all stripes stepped up to fill the leadership void. Thanks to the leadership of our Premiers and the heroic work of our healthcare and personal support workers, Canada is managing the health risks.
The Fascist Playbook
Page Six of the CPC policy handbook vilifies Prime Minister Justin Trudeau five times while never mentioning Erin O’Toole. The fascist playbook incorporates the propaganda of attacking and vilifying your opponent and sowing the seeds of fear and despair. The purpose is to drag the opponent through the swamp in the hope that they will meet them in the swamp. Politicians with cause and calling know this is a losing proposition as their adversaries live and thrive in the swamp. At the bottom of the page is a message of fear and despair portrayed by mother and child.
In the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments around the world were ill-prepared. Governments struggled and learned that the current capitalistic system it subjected itself to under globalization had failed.
Richard Wolff, Professor Emeritus of Economics, states the failure to the early response rest with capitalism. He said that trust in the private sector is foolish and unwarranted. There is no profit for corporations to stock and store PPE equipment for years on end, even though natural disasters and pandemics are predictable. This statement of fact would be additionally catastrophic with a conservative government. The CPC looks to the private sector for all of its solutions and plans to weaken the Canadian universal health care system with privatization policies.
The Leadership of our Premiers
A poll published on December 29, 2020, by The Canadian Press and posted on the CBC website contradicts Erin O’Toole. The poll from Leger and the Association for Canadian Studies found 30 percent of Alberta respondents were satisfied with the job Premier Jason Kenney was doing with the pandemic — the lowest level of satisfaction for Canada’s ten provincial leaders. Meanwhile, just over half of Ontario respondents approved of the job that Premier Doug Ford was doing. In neighbouring Quebec, 55 percent of respondents in that province felt the same about François Legault.
On November 29, 2020, the Global News website reported an Ipsos Poll. It stated Coronavirus cases are soaring, but Trudeau’s approval ratings hold steady. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approval rating continues to hold-strong among Canadians, despite soaring coronavirus numbers from coast to coast — although a key test lies ahead.
According to the poll, 60 percent of respondents approved of Trudeau’s handling of the coronavirus crisis, while 40 percent disapproved. Trudeau’s approval went up one percentage point since last month.
On February 24, 2021, the National Post published a hardball report. Canada warned the Trump administration of repercussions when they cut shipments of masks and ventilators. Trump’s initial refusal to ship the masks was just one of many fires Canadian officials had to put out to keep PPE flowing into Canada in April and March of 2020.
The primary factor of mistakes made early in the pandemic by world governments rests with the United States. The American absence of leadership on the world stage was untimely. A right-wing government under the absolute control of a fascist criminal, the president vacated the role of global leadership established after World War II. He was a hindrance and a danger with his denial of the pandemic and science and his America first policy. Also, he promoted racism by calling it the China virus and discounted the wearing of masks. His narcissism echoed over the planet as the desperate drank bleach due to his touting it as a cure. The CPC persevere in silence with his antics and shenanigans during his candidacy, presidency, and post-presidency.
Connaught BioSciences Inc
Connaught BioSciences Inc. of Toronto was world-class research, production and distribution center of vaccines for 75 years.
On December 25, 1989, Ann Walmsley of Macleans reported on Connaught’s foreign sale. The political criticism was swift and rising over the sale of Canada’s famous vaccine-maker to France’s Institut Merieux. For many Canadians, the sale amounted to a devastating attack on Canada’s struggling high-technology sector Connaught Laboratories.
The Sale of Connaught BioSciences Inc. was one of the most contentious episodes in Canadian takeover history. The sale of the company was under the watch of conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Declared Liberal industry critic James Peterson in a heated Commons debate, What Canadian industries is [Prime Minister Brian Mulroney] not prepared to sacrifice? Mulroney replied that protectionism puts a Wall of China around Canada.
Stephen Harper Anti Science
In an opinion report by John Carrington on November 29, 2020, The Hamilton Spector website, headline reads, Here is why we do not have a vaccine production capacity in Canada.
When Stephen Harper was Prime Minister, he had a choice of strategically funding research of interest to various sectors. Pharmaceuticals could be one; transportation another. No one has a working crystal ball, but some sectors seem like pretty sure bets for economic development.
The Harper government, however, drastically cut funding to research councils. Which inturned gave out fewer and smaller grants to support graduate students and post-graduate fellows with heads full of knowledge and a drive to discover.
So some gave up on a career in research. Some went elsewhere. And where funds for labs and smart people were available, and as new knowledge was published, companies set up their shops nearby.
Canadians all agree and give thanks to the heroic work of our healthcare and personal support workers. Canadians know the humiliation of care workers, support staff, PSWs, and nurses is a dirty secret in the health care industry. Missing from the conservative lexicon is the universal dignity, not spoken in right-wing circles but always in the Canadian collective subconscious.
Dignity requires treating those who work the front and back lines in LTC with respect. Healthcare workers and support staff bring the gifts of knowledge, compassion and empathy to each shift and should be rewarded financially with the cost of living wages, full-time work and benefits for their efforts.
The cost of dignity in Canadian LTC relates to how much you can afford per diem. At a minimum of $100 per day, escalating to $250 to $500 depending on services required and dignity bestowed.
In an article entitled Trapped by Tim Macfarlane on the Toronto Life website, he writes, I am a front-line worker. I live in my car. And I am not unique. People like me—the hidden homeless—have always been around. The pandemic is only making a bad situation worse.
I have been a registered pharmacy technician since 2013, working at a health care centre in the northwest corner of Toronto. Several of our units treat Covid-19 patients, which means that I was among the fortunate few to get vaccinated back in January.
I am grateful to be a full-time essential worker with a decent salary, but that means I do not qualify for government funds. I make $32 per hour, about $5,250 a month, $63,000 a year. On paper, that is more than the average Torontonian makes. But after deductions, taxes, union dues and child support (which amount to roughly $1,200 a month), I take home (to my minivan) $2,000 a month. That is just over $500 a week. From that, I subtract my living expenses. And what is leftover is just not enough to make rent. With no savings, I can not even afford a deposit.
Something is very wrong. Any proposed tax cut is not going to solve this registered pharmacy technician problem.
How can Canadians trust Erin O’Toole as Prime Minister when he gaslights, turns truth upside down in the hope of an emotional response from his base. These moves come right out of the fascist playbook because he is a fascist camouflaged in the Canada flag. Thinking and compassionate Canadiens are not buying O’Toole’s brand of BS.