I see that Saskatchewan is the first province to announce its plan to reopen. According to a report in the Globe and Mail, “Saskatchewan has laid out a detailed, comprehensive plan to reopen its economy, the first province in the country to do so … [and] …The plan, laid out in five phases, will start on May 4, with the resumption of non-essential medical procedures, and the reopening of provincial parks, campgrounds and golf courses. About two weeks later, retail businesses and personal services, such as hair salons and massage therapists, will be permitted to open … [then] … From there, the province will gradually ease back on other restrictions as long as COVID-19 infections are kept at bay.” That seems sensible to me, given what (little) I know about Saskatchewan’s situation, so “well done” to Premier Scott Moe and his team.
The Globe and Mail quotes Premier Moe as saying that ““Some may be concerned [it] is far too soon, that reopening businesses in the coming weeks could increase the spread of COVID-19 … [but] … We have to find the middle ground that continues to keep our case numbers low and keep Saskatchewan people safe, while at the same time allowing for businesses to reopen and Saskatchewan people to get back to work.”“
I know I’m repeating myself, but Canada is a HUGE country and Saskatchewan is far different, in almost every respect, from either Québec or Prince Edward Island. Premier Moe, acting, one assumes, on the best scientific and medical advice says that “the process would be slow and that life in his province is unlikely to return to normal any time soon.“
Saskatchewan, the Globe and Mail report says, “has had 331 cases of COVID-19, including four deaths, but the pace of infections has been relatively slow. In recent weeks, the province has added fewer than 10 cases a day and its total per capita infections are well below the Canadian average. Its testing rates are also higher than average.” Under those circumstances, Premier Moe’s decision seems appropriate, to me.
The safe reopening of Canada is critical to our peace and prosperity. I, for one, have far, Far, FAR more faith in …
… all ten provincial premiers and their scientific and other policy advisors than I do in …
… national and international ‘leaders’ to decide when and how to reopen Canada, as Saskatchewan has done and as New Brunswick is doing, also. Trudeau, Hadju and their officials are irrelevant. It is provincial premiers, provincial and civic health officials, and other local leaders who will bring the country back to business.