March, 2020

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Andrew Scheer/Leader of the Official Opposition

Yves-Francois Blanchet/Leader of the Bloc Quebecois

Jo-Ann Roberts/Leader of the Green Party

 

Dear Parliamentarians,

PREAMBLE: Covid 19 is a virus that spreads primarily by way of human respiratory droplets jettisoned into the air as a result of: talking, exhaling, coughing, sneezing. Medical leaders have recommended the populous not wear personal care masks unless one is infected. However, those infected with no symptoms and not wearing a mask will innocently spread the virus.

I strongly recommend the House of Commons immediately introduce and pass a bill mandating that all Canadians wear personal care masks until the Covid dangers have passed? Naturally steps would have to be taken to make such masks universally and immediately available. Those failing to obey the law would face stiff penalties, much like our auto seatbelt laws. Some grocery stores in Europe will not allow shoppers in without a mask.

If those infected, with or without symptoms, were to wear a mask respiratory droplets that carry the virus would be contained. If those without infection were to wear masks there would be some additional level of protection. Let’s assume a Member of Parliament tests positive for the virus. That test did nothing to prevent the MP from contracting the disease. Testing, if negative, does nothing to prevent infection a day or an hour later. We need to exponentially and immediately limit the exhalation of droplets into the air. Only Canada’s federal government can mandate such action.

We are not only facing a medical pandemic, we are facing an economic pandemic. If my theory is flawed, then I would rather err on the side of caution. Our government’s financial stimulus package will last only so long. Our medical professionals are at risk minute by minute. Make no mistake. We are at war, but one we can win. I recommend we win with the least amount of Canadian casualties.  Remember, we are still 18 months away from a Covid vaccine.

Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau was no stranger to taking decisive action. During the October Crisis in Quebec in 1970. When asked by a CBC reporter how far he would go in suspending civil liberties to maintain order, Trudeau’s response was, “Well, just watch me.” Three days later he invoked the War Measures Act.

 

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