Ontario COVIDpoltics

OK. Canada a beacon of reasonability. Supposedly Canadians are a harmonious nation which may be true in comparison to bloodbath of acrimony and lunacy in American politics that will soon come to an end as President elect Biden is finally sworn in despite the efforts of mongrel Trump to save his ego and destroy American democracy. To my American friends you elected the mongrel perhaps you deserve his dying barks. Actually, speaking of dogs Trump as the orange toad is the first president in the United States in 130 years to not have a pet in the White House!

Minister of Health in Ontario Elliot

Yes but here in Canada we are so much more civilized. We simply have exploited and abused our aboriginal population for close to 400 years. And we dare hold ourselves above the slave trader markets in Georgia?

Well at least as COVIDpoltics go on a federal and provincial level we have some degree of harmony in how to manage COVID. The Canadian federal government and provincial governments are acting is an almost harmony.

Merrielee Fullerton Ontario Minister of Long Term Care

Of late COVIDpoltics is starting to take its toll in Canadian politics but not on a federal vs. state/provincial level but within political parties.

Of late is Ontario Minister of Finance Rod Phillips who made the political error of heading off to St. Barts for a three-week vacation only telling Ontario Premier Doug Ford after he was enjoying the sun and waves he was enjoying a nice tropical vacation. This was at a time all citizens of Ontario were being told to stay at home perhaps like you and me having a lonely Christmas and New Year’s repast which I hope will never happen again in my lifetime.

It would seem that Ontario Premier Ford was notified by Phillips after he had left he was out of the province of Ontario. Premier Ford could have said haul your ass back to Ontario but he did not and for that he admits to yet another “personal mistake”. Seems to me he has made a few himself as regards COVID. Yet Phillips appears as a sacrificial lamb. He may have broken some moral code but no legal restrictions. Bad judgement perhaps but as Premier Ford let him cavort on the sandy beaches it was only when “exposed” that Phillips “resigned”.

On the other hand Minister of Health Christine Elliott and Minister of Long Term Care Fullerton cavort unscathed where under their watch hundreds have died in long term care facilities in Ontario. Yet Premier Ford protects and shields them. Phillips has killed no one yet he is axed from his ministerial portfolio. A lapse in moral judgement is more severe than ministers responsible for the health of seniors?  This stinks of hypocrisy and as for political accountability it should be good- bye to Premier Ford, Minister Elliot and Fullerton.

At one point many of us Ontarians had a grudging respect for Premier Ford. But this time it is clear he has thrown Phillips under the bus yet Fullerton and Elliot watch the bus run over Phillips with relief etched on their faces.

Premier Ford has had his sacrificial lamb but he might have better sacrificed Minister Elliot and Fullerton and perhaps himself. Time for an election you say?

Published by Robert K Sephen (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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