It’s the most wonderful time of the year…unless you’re living in Justin Trudeau’s Canada. Then it’s the time of the year to hunker down, isolate and incur more months of misery and unfounded worry.
Trudeau acknowledged that Canadians are tired at the same time that he warned of difficult weeks ahead fueled by the new Omicron variant.
“I get it. None of us want to be here,” he said, while demanding that Canadians wear masks, “keep our distances” and reduce contact numbers.
Funny, doesn’t this sound familiar? Weren’t we all told that vaccines were our way out of these sorts of measures and draconian demands?
The Prime Minister’s message is also in stark contrast to President Joe Biden, who appealed to vaccinated and boosted Americans on Tuesday to not panic about Omicron and try to enjoy the holidays.
When asked about the contrast in messages Canadian and American leaders are sending, he said, “We’re just going to have to hunker down for the coming weeks as it’ll prove to be a difficult winter.”
Deputy Prime Minister, Chrystia Freeland, was more direct about the pandemic management, stating that, “Canada is not the United States. We have understood from the beginning of this pandemic that the strongest economic policy was a strong health care policy.”
Indeed, Canada is not like the United States, although we expect million of Canadians wish they were, and also wish they could be living in jurisdictions with common sense right now, like Florida, Texas and many others.
(Photo credit: Reuters)