Chapter 28: “so what happened in Canada”?
COVID carnage took its toll on Canadian COVID era politicians all of them going down to electoral defeat. The simple reason might be described as rage and displacement. Why did the medical system collapse so quickly? Where were the resources to fight COVID? It would seem that the current politicos had played a role in trimming the medical system and in all honesty it was a crew of prior politicians that had started the massive cuts of physicians, nurses and covered medical procedures but it was LIFO (last in first out).Like so many COVID deaths the politicians were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A National Commission of Inquiry about the devastation of COVID never convened but rather a few provincial inquiries about the devastation about COVID in long term care facilities. Several class actions were filed against provincial and federal governments for their actions that lead to a population open to the ravages of COVID but big government power and wealth stalled and choked these class actions.
The millions of unemployed Canadians and the families of COVID fatalities were not going back to the usual Conservative/Liberal mix and out of the chaos emerged the Democratic Health Alliance (DHA) with a goal to secure Canadian’s health in the future.
The main tenets of the DHA were to close all Canadian borders to immigration. Focus spending on rebuilding the Canadian medical system and proposing alternative medicine strategies to beat back future pandemics, Their goal was to build a strong immunity system through healthy food consumption, non Big Pharma supplements and yes, yoga and mindfulness meditation. Flaky you may say but in post COVID provincial and federal elections they easily formed majority governments.
The solution was rather simple. Diet, propping up a healthy immune system and ignoring the possibility of a foolproof vaccine.
The extradition of Meng Manzouh, the CFO of Chinese Huawei, to the United States in 2021 certainly sunk Canada as a Chinese ally and trading partner. Chinese authorities executed several “Canadian spies” as a result of this “sound judicial” but politically suicidal court ruling. The kidnapping of Meng by the Canadian government in order to please Americans was poor strategy.
So the end result of this extradition was really the death of Canadian-Chinese relations. Again a nasty tariff war except of course an insatiable demand for Canadian pork from the PRC.
And the political winner was Bonnie Henry the former Provincial Health Officer of British Columbia who won the DHA leadership convention and in 2023 became the next Prime Minister of Canada.