Election 2021

The federal response to the pandemic

A voter reached out to me asking me the following question:

This election I have only one issue of concern, and that is the gross negligence and disastrous mismanagement that the government has been guilty of through this pandemic. What is your stance on the measures the government has taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic? Are you supportive of vaccine passports?

Here was the response I sent him:

I am generally supportive of the response of the federal government to the pandemic; however, I think it exposed some weaknesses in the system.

For example, our long-term care system must be reformed. We need better sickness leave options for workers. Our healthcare system is inadequate, and we should create universal pharmacare, dental care, and vision care and improve access to mental health care. We need a guaranteed living income programme and improved employment insurance. And we need to increase Old Age Security and improve the pension programme. Finally, we need to improve affordable social housing for people.

I see the ability to show proof of vaccine to access facilities or events as a good thing, until at least we receive much higher levels of public vaccination.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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