Whatever happened to "flattening the curve"? Many libertarians, including myself, supported that plan initially because it made sense in light of the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 in its early days. I was one of the first to wear masks, having a good stock of them on hand, and for that I got all sorts of weird looks and laughter from people in grocery stores. That was back in April when the case rate was actually peaking.
2022 has been a crazy year for all of us. Although we have been under a stay at home order, the Ontario Libertarian Party has made some important gains in the air of public opinion. I have personally been out in the streets to help others stand against the lockdowns at protests in both Toronto and Belleville and the party has hosted them similar events in both Ottawa and Waterloo as well.
This weekend, as we have for the past five going on six Saturdays, we will once again take to the streets in defiance of Doug Ford's lockdown of the provincial economy.
As the NDP calls for a public inquiry into long term care, and the Ford government starts lining up bureaucrats for its independent commission, one has to ponder what is wrong with LTC and what roll the government plays in causing and solving these problems.
This past weekend Doug Ford made it clear to the people that he is representing that he does not respect their right to disagree with his policies. While responding to questions about the ongoing protests against the lockdown, in his daily media report, he announced
It was a beautiful day at Queen's Park on Saturday, as the rain clouds held their spring showers and the air was crisp but warm. I hopped out of an Uber a couple minutes past noon, wishing my driver a busy and safe day after spending the last 20 minutes discussing how slow he had been the past month and his inability to qualify for EI.
Why do you value one life over another?
Over the last few weeks I have been asked if I value money over lives.
My question to them is why do you value one life over another?
This is usually meet with surprise and confusion, let me break it down.
Is the mental health of others not important?
Currently mental health is up 50% in Ontario since the lockdown, while call centers volunteer are down 20%.
What about increase suicides, do they not matter?
In response to the COVID emergency, provincial and municipal governments have made several orders that violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It is the Ontario Libertarian Parties position that all Canadian citizens and permanent residents have the right to travel and to work during the current COVID crisis and these rights are guaranteed by existing law.
As more data on Covid-19 becomes available daily, it is abundantly clear that the emergency measures taken by the Canadian government are no longer necessary to ensure the continued safety of the people. While social distancing and other measures are welcome voluntarily, we believe the unseen consequences of forcibly shutting down businesses carry a human cost far greater than the federal and provincial governments have considered.