Canadian COVIDpolitics: Differing Responses and Differing Moral Codes

I have said it will take decades for historians, political scientists, psychologists, psychiatrists and academics to figure what the fuck went on the societal and political front during COVID-19.

Until then it is a shit show of interpretation to figure out if there is consistency in Canadian politics as far as COVIDpolitics rumbles.

As “Trailer Park Boys” is no longer shooting perhaps we should take a trailer park view of the recent shit show in Canadian politics and enjoy its rum n coke analysis of Ricki and Mr. Lahey!

In Ontario the rum n coke is flowing with recent events. Minister of Finance Rod Phillips took a 3-week vacation to St. Bart’s apparently only telling Premier Doug Ford several days after he left yet Ford did nothing until it would seem he was caught with his pants down after the media sniffed out Phillip’s cavortations at St. Bart’s. Phillips “resigned”. Ford apologized for not ordering Phillips back to Ontario. Philipps apologized for his “dumb dumb mistake”. At the end of the day Phillips is thrown under the bus.

Yet while Minister of Finance Phillips made a moral mistake of departing Ontario in the face of the politico-medico’s view of stay at home and travel for essential purposes he did not break any laws perhaps only politico-medico recommendations. No one was harmed. Sort of Like Kim Mitchell’s song “Drink a Soda and no one Dies”.

Yet under the watch of Ontario’s Merrille Fullerton (Minister of Long Term Care) and Christine Elliot (Minister of Health) hundreds of elderly Ontario residents have died in long-term care facilities. Yet they retain their ministerial posts. Premier Ford WTF is going on?

Premier Ford….time for an election. You knew Phillips was out of the province but you only apologize when you are “exposed”?

Now we have Niki Ashton of the federal NDP who was visiting a sick relative in Greece and the not so progressive federal New Democratic Party a socialist party demotes her from her shadow cabinet position. How gutless and politically correct.

Then there is Tracy Allard with the United Conservative party in Alberta. Off on a vacation only telling United Conservative Party Premier after she had left for a glorious Hawaiian vacation. Premier Jason Kenney at least had the guts to say it was his fault for not leaving a clear directive to members of his cabinet not to leave Alberta but said if you leave after I tell you not to leave you are toast.

One has the feeling there are many pieces of toast in the toaster and it is only when they pop up will they will be identified.

Canadian politics… least not the hatred of American political vitriol…..not quite yet!

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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