Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

FELDSTED -- Sanity Test Failed

 Toronto's Pearson Airport



It started with news of the identification of a new coronavirus mutation in Great Britain. Within days, four different provinces reported finding the latest COVID variant in their jurisdictions. It is irrefutable evidence of how poorly controlled our borders are.

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair was on television on December 30, claiming that Canada had the most stringent border regulations in the world. If you are going to lie, go big!

We already have a poor record of allowing bigwigs entry on essential business when they are not critical to keeping our society running.

Attempting to impose Canadians COVID regulations beyond our borders is clear evidence that our government officials have slipped a couple of cogs and gone off the deep end.

International travellers don’t have access to quick COVID tests. Minister Blair cannot tell if tests applied out of the country are authentic, correctly administered, or reliable. Forgers are already busy preparing fake COVID-19 test certificates to meet demands.

International travellers need to be quarantined on arrival at the point of entry. Our hoteliers need the business. They can provide rooms and meals for people under quarantine, and travellers are easily monitored when kept in the same building.

Why air travel? People arriving by land or sea can also bring the COVID-19 virus with them. If they are not authentic, registered essential workers, they must quarantine at the entry point.

Allowing travellers to quarantine at their final destination is irresponsible. We may want to quarantine at home in familiar surroundings, but we can infect dozens between the point of entry and our final destination.

Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips should have been quarantined for 14 days on arrival at Toronto Pearson Airport, not allowed to go home until it was clear that he was virus free. He chose to disobey advice not to travel out of the country, and that decision has a price.

Those pleading for quick test kits at airports are ignoring the unreliability and scarcity of the test kits. The kits approved are needed in Long Term Care (LTC) facilities and workplaces where distancing is not possible. Travellers who put themselves at risk can wait their turn like everyone else or pay for testing. Having funds to buy an airline ticket does not make them immune from virus regulations.

Much of the current COVID spread is through essential workers doing their jobs. Most are on hourly wages with few benefits, such as paid sick leave. They go to work even if not feeling well as they cannot afford the income loss and pay for rent and groceries. The virus is embedded in that cohort, and the only solution is to prioritize the immunization of essential workers.

It is increasingly evident that the COVID-19 decision-makers are detached from the reality that we live with. They do not represent us. If they cannot or will not represent the people who elected them, they must be replaced. There is no excuse for failing to represent the people in a democracy.

Quebec has 22.6% of our population, 34.9% of COVID cases and 52.7% of COVID deaths. Why have we not banned all travel in and out of Quebec? Quebec airports should be closed to all traffic. The province is THE coronavirus hot spot in Canada.

The failure smells like fish kept too long.

 

John Feldsted … is a political commentator, consultant, and strategist. He makes his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

KURT PEATS: Does Somebody Have to Die Before the Cops do Something? ... or ... Why Don’t You Go and Catch Some Real Criminals?

We live in a topsy-turvy world.     Watching the evening news simply confirms that the chimpanzees are indeed in charge of guarding the bananas.   I’ve been a police officer for a quarter of a century and have been called upon to try and settle disputes that took many years to develop.   In fact, most disputes are far more complex than what a 30-second sound bite can possibly convey.     Did you ever wonder why the cops didn’t act when it is blatantly obvious that a person or a group of persons were breaking the law ?    The job of the police is complicated at the best of times. The officer is called upon to deal with both criminal and civil matters, and sometimes these matters are occurring simultaneously.    On a Saturday night, after dealing with the mud, the blood and the beer, (the criminal law side of the house), the officer will eventually deal with the ensuing family break-up, child custody issues (the civil law side of the house) and the like. L

TODD STONE -- I have decided that I will not be a candidate to be the next leader of the BC Liberal Party at this time

  The past few months have been a difficult time for our party. Following the resignation of our former leader, I have been carefully considering whether this was the right time for me to once again put my name forward for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.   I focused on building out a core team and engaged with hundreds of British Columbians. A talented, growing campaign team, a strong fundraising group, and supporters in every corner of the province were at the ready to formally launch a campaign.   However, after spending the holidays with my family carefully weighing the decision, I have decided that I will not be a candidate to be the next leader of the BC Liberal Party at this time.   Life’s most important decisions are those made with your heart. I am forever grateful for the support Chantelle and our three daughters have provided me throughout my political career. But it was driven home to me recently that my daughters don’t know a time when their dad wasn’t

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the natural gas and oil industry can be a foundation for national economic recovery

  On the good news front for 2021, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is forecasting a 14 per cent increase in upstream natural gas and oil investment in 2021 – an expected increase of $3.36 billion this year, reaching $27.3 billion.   The planned investment for 2021, while increasing from the lowest levels in more than a decade, would halt the dramatic decline seen since 2014, when investment sat at $81 billion. This year’s forecast represents a stabilizing of industry investment and the beginning of a longer-term economic recovery.   The additional spending is primarily focused in Alberta and British Columbia, while numbers in Saskatchewan show modest improvement and offshore investment in Atlantic Canada is expected to remain relatively stable compared to 2020.   Stated Tim McMillan, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: “ It is a positive sign to see capital investment numbers moving up from the record lows of 202

Labels

Show more