Trudeau stated yesterday that ‘he/they acted on the best information they had at the time’. That was said in response to a reporter’s question about our national response to C-19 and it sounded almost reasonable in that phony hesitant and smooth-patois of his. But, after a minute, I went apoplectic. That was one of the stupidest statements I had ever heard.
Firstly, we have a sophisticated, educated, modern nation with the people generally accepting governance, accepting rules and regulations, accepting laws and institutions, accepting the ‘ruling class’ (with all their perks and rewards) as a trade-off for ‘keeping us safe’ from all those things that are bigger than we are. We want to be protected by our military in war, our police against criminals and we put our faith in our Health Care system against dangers to the public health. We have paid through the nose for these systems and we have, for the most part, put all those systems on a societal pedestal. Doctors, soldiers, first-responders get our respect.
But I just heard our dear leader was making his best decisions as the information unfolded? Is that where I want to be when an emergency is set upon us? Waiting while Trudeau and his staff figure it out? Haven’t they and the other trough-feeders been in a position to figure it all out well IN ADVANCE? Shouldn’t all our experts getting all that pay and sitting in all those meetings and consuming vast quantities of resources every year have a reasonably appropriate plan ready to implement from day one?
In every human endeavour from planting a garden to waging a war, the ‘playing field’ changes. It is never 100% predictable. Adjustments need to be made. I know that. But, despite that, we prepare. We plan. We stock up. We might even ‘revise’ the plan from time to time because we are being RESPONSIBLE and we know that the times and threats can and do change. We ‘model’ scenarios, we make preparations. We have 80% of our initial response on the shelf and ready to go.
Not this government, not this time.
This time our ‘leaders’ left us without proper equipment, proper protocols, proper medical kits, proper civilian responses and grossly inadequate supplies. Our institutions were overwhelmed within the first week. Our senior’s homes, for sure. Many hospitals, too. Our genius leaders contemplated the mess, their mistakes, their own ineptness and, in their wisdom, decided to throw cash at it. “Give the poor people some money! That’s a good plan, right?”
That money is just a band-aid. It is not a plan, it is not a cure, it is NOT showing any kind of leadership! It is reactionary and facile. Am I complaining? Yes. I wasn’t complaining before I heard Trudeau speak. Or Tam. But then it hit me: “We are dealing with this previously anticipated, previously experienced threat of a similar nature (SARS) from the seat of our pants!”
And that is annoying.
One of my readers is incensed over the ‘throw money at it’ program pointing out that the taxpayer will have to absorb yet another hit. But it is much worse than that. Even tho the government is throwing money at it and that seems to be somewhat unreasonable and somewhat reasonable given the circumstances today, it is the CIRCUMSTANCES that they have neglected for so long in the past that required this ‘good money- after-bad’ approach. Trudeau spending billions today is covering up for the elites spending billions previously (and every year) but NOT GETTING THE JOB DONE!
I admit that if I was the prime minister or even a senior politician, I would not know where we are adequately prepared for ‘all events’ and where we were lacking. I would likely do what Justin did (I hope he did) and I would ask for updated reports from our military, our health department, our food supplies, fuel supplies and such. I would ask to see the models they have projected and under what kind of circumstances. And I would take their advice on updates and revisions. I might even add a bit of an opinion from my newly acquired grand poobah position as the PM. But one thing you could be sure of: when the health minister gave his/her report, I’d ask, “How are we for a pandemic? You know, like SARs or Ebola or Trump Derangement Syndrome? We expect one, right? Do we know what to do and who is doing it? Do we have all the equipment we’ll need? Do we have LOTS of all that stuff? If not, Health Minister, go get it. That’s your job. Your job is to keep our people safe. Get fully equipped to the best of your ability and let me know when you are fully up to speed so that I can see for myself and not just take some paper report as proof. “
Isn’t that the job?
Shouldn’t it be?
Let me put this another way…….we have people out here (and especially on the other island) that, in their spare time and with no budgets, have fully operational ‘island plans’. The level of organization out here is beyond my expectations. It’s inadequate, of course, because us/we cannot plan for the BIG ONE but, damn it…they are even trying to plan for that, too. They have the bases covered. We have a food sustainability group. A ‘troubleshooters’ group. Many volunteers for many different programs. We even share a multi-island disaster relief plan out here. This is NOT an unconscious community that would have to operate from the seat of THEIR pants. We have our little world better under-control than does our Federal group of ninnies have our nation.