A few weeks ago, I wondered if Australia had gotten things right or, at least had gotten things better than Canada had in its response to the opening rounds in the novel coronavirus pandemic. “In this specific case,” I concluded, back in very early March, “in Australia, the balance between science and policy seems, to me, to have worked as it should. Despite my concerns about officials being able to trigger government actions, the system worked. Canadians should take note because I’m not sure our system is working quite as well.“
Now, the highly regarded Financial Times has been publishing rolling data on cases and deaths, country-by-country, using consistent data. Here is their comparison, up to 4 May 2020:
Australia has had 1.6 new deaths, on average, per day, while Canada has had 163.9. That’s two orders of magnitude for heaven’s sake!
What does it mean?
It means, very simply, that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison listened to his scientists and ignored the WHO and imposed a travel ban, specifically aimed at China …
… while Justin Trudeau, Canada’s man-child prime minister listened to his political advisors, called those who wanted tests at airports racists and, thereby FAILED in his duty.
That’s it, ladies and gentlemen. The independent data says that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed Canada. He ignored the best scientists who urged caution and he listened to the political tacticians who urged him to score cheap, partisan, political points. The extent of his failure can be measured in the death rate in Canada versus that in Australia. He failed 100 times worse than should have been the case.
If Justin Trudeau has a single shred of human decency and integrity he will resign because he is a miserable failure as a leader and as a man. But I doubt he has any ethical backbone at all, he’s a moral jellyfish, so it is up to the Liberal Party of Canada to toss him on to the political trash heap, where he belongs, and replace him with a new leader, someone Canadians can trust, who will then form a government of national unity (with a new Conservative leader) that will work until this crisis is resolved by, I hope, the fall of 2021.