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Brian Lilley

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Apr 23, 2021  •  4 days ago  •  3 minute read  •  658 Comments

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is inoculated with AstraZeneca’s vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a pharmacy in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, April 23, 2021. Photo by Blair Gable /REUTERS Justin Trudeau wants you to believe two things about his COVID-19 response that simply aren’t true — that he’s done a great job on the border and on vaccines.

It shouldn’t shock me that Trudeau repeats the same demonstrably false lines again and again. We know this is something the Liberals believe is a strategy that works for them.

“We’ve learned in the House of Commons, if you repeat it, if you say it louder, if that is your talking point, people will totally believe it,” Trudeau cabinet minister Catherine McKenna once said in an honest moment.

So Trudeau repeats his lines, he says them louder — Canada has the biggest, most diverse vaccine portfolio and we have among the most stringent border measures.

Neither are true and if they were then we wouldn’t be dealing with a third wave, or if we were it would be muted by international travel restrictions and adequate vaccine supply.

“Let us remember, that Canada already has in place and has since March of 2020, over a year ago, some of the strongest measures of any of our peer countries,” Trudeau said Friday when asked about the border.

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More On This Topic LILLEY: Trudeau finally bans passenger flights from COVID hot spots Canada suspends passenger flights from India, Pakistan LILLEY: Trudeau to blame for Canada’s vaccine debacle Trudeau went on to say the testing of travellers, the mandatory two-week quarantine and other measures have prevented “mass transmission.”

He said that on the same day his officials revealed that there are at least 77,000 known cases of variants of concern in Canada. That doesn’t include the growing number of cases of the B1.617 variant first detected in India.

We’ve only just started testing for that, but we do know that it is in the country because Trudeau waited too long to do the right thing and pause flights or add proper quarantine measures. As the South Asian community in the Toronto area began to call out for a ban on flights from India and Pakistan, I learned how useless the quarantine rules are.

While the government says you need to show that you have a proper plan in place upon returning to the country, the reality is they simply ask if you can stay home for two weeks. I had several stories shared with me of people landing in Canada from India, testing negative, going to a multi-generational home with 10 or more people in it and then testing positive later in their quarantine.

Of course, those other people in the home continued to go to work or school during this time, potentially spreading COVID in the community before realizing they were positive.

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Article content These lax COVID measures don’t just apply to passengers from India — that is just the most recent hotspot — they apply to everyone including the passengers who arrived on the 28 COVID-positive flights that arrived from the United States so far this month.

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On vaccines, Trudeau says we have the biggest portfolio but we aren’t getting the deliveries we need.

The shipment of 1.2 million doses of Moderna that was supposed to arrive this week has been cut in half and delayed until at least the week of May 3. A shipment of 1.5 million doses of COVISHIELD, the version of AstraZeneca made in India, has been put off for more than a month as India deals with their own rising case counts.

On AstraZeneca, we also learned that Canada agreed to pay $8.18 per dose while the US paid as little as $4 a dose and the EU $2.15. That’s right, Canada agreed to pay more but not get priority access or delivery.

If we paid more for fast access then we could pay $100 a shot and I’d be fine.

The reality is we don’t have enough doses, which is why provinces continue to restrict who can get a vaccine based on age or occupation.

Justin Trudeau’s government has failed Canada at every turn during COVID. No matter how often or loudly he claims the opposite, remind him of the truth.

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