BC excludes some workers, students, and newcomers to the province from receiving healthcare benefits. This forces people to pay for their own healthcare out of their own pocket. During the pandemic, temporary policies were introduced to cover these groups of people, but were eventually revoked. If Canada's public healthcare system is to be truly universal, these barriers to healthcare must be removed immediately.
Justin Trudeau has chosen to place all of the blame on the unvaccinated for the current spike in cases and hospitalizations. The problem is, this is only a half-truth. It is political scapegoating. The other half of the problem is Trudeau himself - and the rest of Canada's political elites who have declined to improve Canada's public health system for decades. There is so much more that our political leaders could have done to prevent, or at least mitigate, the current surge in Omicron cases and hospitalizations.
Historically, vaccines have arguably been one of the biggest success stories of the human race - and the story of Covid-19 will be no different. Despite this, there is a relatively small (yet loud) class of people who would like to see us reach herd immunity through "natural infection" which would result in untold amounts of harm to Canadians. I'm looking at you, anti-vaxxers and supporters of the so-called Great Barrington Declaration.
"The cure cannot be worse than the [virus] itself," said Donald Trump back in March. It seems like Jason Kenny and Tyler Shandro have taken Trump's words to heart. The dynamic between the two and Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's Chief Medical Health Officer, echos the uneasy tension between Trump and Anthony Fauci.
If we were to wonder about an alternate future in which the Conservative Party of Canada was in power during the current pandemic, we wouldn't need to use our imaginations to understand how they would govern. The track record of Conservatives currently in power speaks for itself.