The emergency management expert added that most Canadians gave up their statutory rights and freedoms during the pandemic.
Vaccination pledges by the federal and provincial governments have divided Canadians, and the way unvaccinated people are scolded is “extremely ugly,” the former judge said.
“I never would have thought this could happen in Canada,” said Brian Gisbrecht, who served Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba from 1976 to 2007…
“The idea of getting people to get vaccinated and then yelling at them if they don’t do what you say is something that shouldn’t happen in a country like Canada.”
Gisbrecht performed at webinar October 28 titled “No More Bans on COVID-19,” hosted by the Frontier Center for Public Policy. He commented on the government’s response to the pandemic “almost completely wrong.”
“We’ve almost demonized a large section of the population,” a retired judge said of how unvaccinated people are being victimized online and labeled by some politicians.
A survey Conducted in September by sociologist Leger for the Canadian Research Association, about 77 percent of Canadians have a negative view of the unvaccinated, and when it comes to vaccinated Canadians, 85 percent of them hold that view. The survey also found that the vast majority of vaccinated people in Canada believe that the unvaccinated are “being irresponsible, selfish and selfish.” [are] putting others at risk. “
Gisbrecht said that governments should have simply set out the “hard facts” about COVID-19 vaccines and let people have the final say.
“People of different age groups, people with different health categories, etc. Should be able to [own] decision, ”said a retired judge, who decided to get vaccinated because of his age.
“The individual makes a much better health decision for himself than the government.”
Dropping “all lessons learned”
David Redman, former head of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA), said most Canadians gave up their statutory rights during this pandemic.
“Over the past 20 months, I have seen Canadians flee and relinquish their statutory rights and freedoms from day one,” Redman said at the webinar.
“Closing schools, closing jobs, the right to make money, the right to associate, the right to interact with others is a fundamental fundamental right – I can’t believe Canadians gave up on this so quickly.”
He noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended against the use of non-pharmaceutical measures (NIPs) such as the closure of schools and jobs. This advice was in his guidance document published September 2019, prior to COVID-19.
“The evidence base for the effectiveness of NPOs in the community is limited, and the overall quality of the evidence [of their effectiveness in reducing influenza transmission] was very low for most interventions, ”says the document entitled“ Non-drug public health measures to reduce the risk and impact of influenza epidemics and pandemic ”.
According to Redman, governments have basically “thrown away all the lessons learned around the world,” including the lessons from the WHO document and existing pandemic plans created before the COVID-19 pandemic by all provinces and territories, as well as the federal government.
Redman, who was relocated 19 times around the world in 27 years of military service before becoming head of AEMA in 2004, said that most Canadians have never lived in a country where these statutory rights do not exist, and therefore have never seen the horrors of doing so. what could have happened.
“But they have to see the horrors of what is happening now, when we treat each other with total disrespect – from the vaccinated to the unvaccinated – when we think that some people’s jobs just don’t matter and their livelihoods and their futures don’t matter. values, ”he said.
Gisbrecht said people’s confidence in the government was shaken by the actions of some politicians. For example, thousands of people attended Black Lives Matter protests without consequences, including politicians, amid government statements about the risk of crowds. In contrast, Christian pastors have been jailed for conducting local church services during the pandemic.
“If you adhere to a certain political goal, [the policy-makers] let people do it, ”he said.
Canadians need to think about which country they would like to live in, Gisbrecht said.
“Do we want to live in a country where the government is our nanny and our protector and makes decisions for us?” he asked. Or “v kind from Canada… where we have our rights Dear? “