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Editorial: Mr. Trudeau, We're Still Waiting For Answers
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Editorial: Mr. Trudeau, We're Still Waiting For Answers

Posted: 2020-11-28 15:11:59 By: thebay

He never did answer the question.

Oh, he pretended to answer by offering a list of biological manufacturing facilities who had either been privatized and reduced their facility size or left Canada altogether during the last Conservative government – which was his way of deflection, redirection and blaming someone else.

On Thursday in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was confronted by Conservative MP and Health Critic, Michelle Rempel Garner, about why there wasn’t a concrete plan in place to get one of the soon to be approved vaccines out to Canadians.

He was also confronted about promises made to have vaccines manufactured in Canada, way back when the pandemic was in its infancy. By both Conservatives and NDP members. This is when he chose to blame the Conservatives.

The Minister of Health Patty Hadju added to the deflections during a question period when she stated they were working provinces and territories to develop a distribution strategy. She said the Conservatives were being divisive and spreading false news, then this ridiculous quote: “The virus thrives when we’re working at opposite ends.”

Umm, a virus doesn’t work like that Minister Hadju.

The virus thrives when it gets to spread through a population and there is no vaccine to help stop it. The virus thrives when the people in charge don’t have a plan and aren’t being fully transparent with their citizens. The virus thrives when a Health Minister doesn’t know how a virus thrives.

It was a poor choice of words in a week marred by poor decisions, mistimed announcements and the realization that Canada is well behind the eight ball on COVID-19 vaccinations.

This Liberal government has been touting their abilities to get a vaccine out to Canadians as soon as one or more became available. They spoke about millions and millions of doses they had firmed up through negotiations and contracts.

When the Prime Minister started hyping the many deals Canada has around the world to get millions of doses, he should have put the caveat that we would probably have to wait in line as they vaccinate their own people first.

In fact, he’s had plenty of opportunity to let Canadians know they may not be first in line, instead of leaving that vital – and with thousands dying, a vaccine is vital – information out of the equation.

This knowledge would have made us cautiously optimistic when hearing news that many vaccines were close to being ready for public doses. Instead, we were in celebratory spirits each time news broke that one was close to ready. “Hooray, we’re almost at the finish line!”

Yet, there is still the question: why don’t we already have a logistical plan to get a vaccine dose out to Canadians who need or want it? And, why are we not manufacturing our own vaccines, despite promises we would be? And, at the time of this writing, Mr. Trudeau still hasn’t answered.

It was a kick in the teeth for many. What happened to all the money and deals the government made for millions of doses? Why aren’t we getting some at the same time as other nations?

If we were a poor nation with poor infrastructure, we could understand having to wait in line.

However, a developed nation should have its own manufacturing capabilities. Despite Trudeau attempting to claim the contrary at one point this week, we do have facilities that mass produce vaccines. The problem is they are full producing other essential vaccines and cannot produce one for COVID-19.

The Trudeau government recognized this months ago and promised federal investment into producing vaccines. Even going so far as to say they would invest $44 million in a Montreal facility that would give it the capabilities to manufacture 250,000 vaccines doses a month by November.

For the record, November ends in a few days and there is no word on whether this facility is ready to produce what the government promised.

At least there is a bright spot on the horizon as Canada should receive and begin to distribute vaccinations for COVID-19 in early 2021, according to government estimates.

Yet, there is still the question: why don’t we already have a logistical plan to get a vaccine dose out to Canadians who need or want it? And, why are we not manufacturing our own vaccines, despite promises we would be? And, at the time of this writing, Mr. Trudeau still hasn’t answered.

 

By Chris Occhiuzzi, special to HuntersBayRadio.com

When Chris isn’t writing stories for HuntersBayRadio.com, Dockside Publishing or running MuskokaUnlimited.com, you can find him volunteering his time as a coach and board member for the Huntsville Soccer Club.


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