By now, some of my social media followers are getting tired of this photo, but, since the Spring of 2020 it has been the only way one can describe Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and, especially, his handling of the COVID-19 global pandemic. His very first instinct was, probably, right: it is a global pandemic and nothing we could have done would gave isolated Canada, completely, from its impact. But everything else he did was, consistently, wrong. Now, I see that even the traditionally Liberal-friendly Toronto Star has finally recognized that border controls work.
A year or so ago Australia imposed strict border controls. I said, at the time, that it appeared, to me, that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was doing the right thing while Justin Trudeau was not. Some readers pooh-poohed my response by noting that Australia, large as it may be, is still an island and much easier to “close” than is Canada which has the world’s longest undefended border with our major trading partner which, at the time, was led by a clown who thought COVID-19 was a hoax. But, the fact is, that air border controls are simple and easy to enforce. It would have been possible in the late winter and early spring of 2020, to have demanded that air carriers board, at foreign airports, only Canadian passport or Permanent Resident card holders. A handful of exception could have been managed for a few “essential” visitors who could have been allowed to board Canada bound flights if they had been pre-approved by the Canadian Border Services Agency. It would not have been a perfect system but it would have been similar to what Australia did and the subsequent death tolls (Australia: < 1,000 : Canada > 20,000) prove, beyond any shadow of a doubt that …
… Australia’s Scott Morison did the right things in the right ways and Canada’s Justin Trudeau failed. The blood of many, many thousands of Canadians is on Justin Trudeau’s hands. He could not have stopped COVID-19 at the border but his nearly criminal negligence in dealing with it made its rapid spread inevitable.
Prime Minister Trudeau needs to be called to account for his deadly failure; he needs to pay the price of failed leaders everywhere.