So, I see in a report by Grant Robertson, published in the Globe and Mail, that “In comments made in the House of Commons last week, the government suggested that the highly specialized system, known as the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), has seen no significant changes to the way it operates, despite internal documents that show otherwise … [and] … a government letter, which was obtained by The Globe and Mail, makes similar assertions to the public. In the Oct. 20 letter, which was sent to an Ontario man who questioned the government’s handling of the matter, Laurie Hunter, director-general of the Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response, says the pandemic early warning system is operating as it always has.“
But, Mr Robertson writes, “staff inside the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) are calling the government’s claims highly misleading. Documents obtained by The Globe also contradict those statements, showing that GPHIN’s operations were, in fact, curtailed significantly before the pandemic hit.” In other words, Canadian government officials say that the Government of Canada, Justin Trudeau’s government, is lying.
Lying, if you’ll think back to elementary school, is defined as saying something “highly misleading,” isn’t it? Justin Trudeau, when “Asked about the shutdown of GPHIN’s pandemic alert system last year … said, “I can confirm there was no reduction in funding or employment” for the operation” … [but] … That prompted Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole to suggest the next day that the government was obfuscating.“
Obfuscate, the Cambridge Dictionary explains, means “to make something less clear and harder to understand, especially intentionally.” Thus, by definition, if Justin Trudeau is just accidentally making things “harder to understand” it is likely because he’s stupid, which is a perfectly believable explanation. But, if he is doing it “intentionally” then I think 99% of reasonable people must conclude that he’s lying.
Grant Robertson says that “Examined closely, several of the government’s claims appear to be misleading, while some – such as the assertion that GPHIN’s operations are “unchanged” – are contradicted by the PHAC’s own records.”
“Highly misleading” government officials say, in good bureaucratic language; “obfuscating” Erin O’Toole says in the House of Commons where it is expressly forbidden to call another member a liar, and Mr Robertson reports that “amid shifting government priorities, GPHIN was curtailed. The Globe obtained 10 years of internal records that showed GPHIN’s alert system, which had issued more than 1,500 warnings of potentially deadly outbreaks over the past decade, was silenced on May 24, 2019 – less than seven months before the COVID-19 pandemic caught the world off guard … [and] … It remained silent for 440 days and was only restarted in August, after a Globe investigation revealed the changes.” Does that sound like an open, honest, transparent government to you?
But, Justin Trudeau said “I can confirm there was no reduction in funding or employment” for the operation,” and while that may not be a bald-faced lie it is “obfuscating” and it is “misleading” because the fact is, his own officials say, that resources were redirected away from the GPHIN and towards other things that the Liberals thought were more useful to them.
The simple, and I believe, indisputable fact is that Prime Minister Trudeau and his ministers and the Prime Minister’s Office are lying to Canadians.