In David Staples epic exposure of the total failure of the government to act against coronavirus early on, one line in particular stood out.
It was when Theresa Tam was asked about travel bans—the same policies that helped countries like Taiwan do far better in managing the coronavirus, which originated in the neighbouring China:
“On the issue of travel bans, Tam says she does not support them: “Right now, let’s say, WHO (World Health Organization) does not recommend travel bans, and any measures that a country is to take must not be out of proportion to the risk and must not inappropriately impact travel and trade. We are a signatory to the international health regulations and we’ll be called to account if we do anything different.”
Think about that for a moment. Tam is supposed to be the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
Inherent in that title and job is that her focus is on health, and health alone.
International relations, treaties, regulations, trade, and politics are problems for other people to address, not her.
Yet, note how Tam’s focus in response to the idea of travel bans is on following the WHO, and on avoiding being out of step with international "regulations."
She even worries about being "called to account," if we do "anything different."
So, at a time when Tam was supposed to be focused on one job, and one job only—protecting Canadians from a pandemic—she was focused on not doing anything different than what the WHO said.
In short, she was a follower, not a leader, at a time when Canada needs leaders more than ever. This raises a further question:
If Theresa Tam is simply following the WHO, why are Canadian taxpayers paying her salary? Why does she have a job at all? Anyone could have followed WHO recommendations.
It’s literally the easiest thing to do, since you just wait for the WHO to say what to do, and then do that.
Never mind the fact that the WHO regulations were wrong all along the way. Never mind that the WHO has clearly been corrupted by the Chinese Communist Party.
And never mind that Tam—if she was truly doing her job for Canadians—would have done what is best for Canada rather than follow the corrupt WHO.
The fact is—and I mean this with 100% sincerity—most people on Twitter seemed to have a better understand of this crisis than Tam.
Tam has been wrong, over and over and over again.
Wrong on border controls, wrong on asymptomatic spread, wrong on masks, wrong on saying the risk was ‘low,’ wrong on focusing on racism & political correctness.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
At this point, it is impossible to figure out what we are paying Tam to do.
And the fact that she continues to get it wrong, with the advice against wearing masks being the latest blunder, shows that she still seems unable to comprehend the situation and respond to it effectively.
Canadians are increasingly outraged at these failures, and that outrage is fully justified.
If we are paying officials to do a job—especially when that job is about saving the lives of our Citizens—we have the right to demand competence, not fealty to a corrupt organization that doesn’t have our best interests at heart.
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