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Roosevelt, at the height of the Great Depression, gave a speech where he stated, only thing we (the American people) have to fear is fear itself nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. I didn fully understand this sentiment until now because that exactly what we, as Canadians, fear as a result of this pandemic, and it paralyzing us from recovery.
Not so long ago, we had no information on this COVID 19 virus and the fear was understandable when in doubt, do everything possible to mitigate against the virus. Wash hands, keep apart, wear masks, stay home and self isolate have been the mainstays of prevention. Since then we have learned a lot about this virus, how it contracted, the spread rate, impacts of temperature and humidity and the vulnerable part of the population that is susceptible. We have also witnessed some major breakthroughs in testing capability and medicines that can treat COVID 19 patients as well as promising advances in developing a vaccine.
Now is not the time to keep cowering in our basements until our elected leaders give the all clear sign. When all of us dutifully stayed at home, Trudeau, Scheer and Ford did not heed their own advice, and that speaks volumes.
We are capable of conducting ourselves safely, so let us do it. Trudeau supporters and critics of Doug Ford would love to have you believe it was the same, but it wasn Ford went by himself, stayed for an hour and saw no one. Trudeau took an 85 member entourage, joined his family for the weekend and went on an Easter egg hunt. He went at a time when Quebec expressly forbade Ontario cottagers from visiting their cottages. Ford has been an excellent leader in this crisis and, at worst, he showed a momentary lapse in judgment.
JIM STEVENSRe: Ford double standard; Said not to go to the cottage then he went, column, May 9
I guess it is do as I say, not as I do. Thanks to Joe Warmington, another hypocritical politician is exposed for his double standard. Doug Ford was constantly preaching to Ontario folks not to go to their cottages, so what does the province skipper do? He drives up to check on the plumbing of his own country hideaway. Apparently he went alone, minus the security detail, checked the pipes and did not stop anywhere else, returning forthwith to his primary residence.
No, this was not exactly the same as our PM flashing smiles with his family at Harrington Lake during Easter weekend, but nevertheless it was definitely the wrong decision. It is little wonder that the people trust factor in our politicians is at single digits.