Canada: Covidiotism — general danger, lockdowns and border control

Source: Appendix A, Flying Blind, Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, December 3, 2020

General Danger of Covid

2020-02-21 Tam – “I want to assure Canadians that the risk of spread of the novel coronavirus within Canada remains low.” health-officer-on-the-release-of-repatriated-canadians-from-quarantine-following-14-day- stay-at-cfb-trenton.html.

2020-02-04 Hajdu – “Mr. Speaker, one of the interesting elements of the coronavirus outbreak has been the spread of misinformation and fear across Canadian society. That was actually noted by an interviewer on the weekend. In fact, she asked me how Canadians can be assured that they are getting the right information. One way might be if the opposition does not sensationalize the risk to Canadians and allows Canadians to understand where they can find a wealth of information.” Hansard

2020-03-15 Tam – “COVID-19 is a serious public health threat. . . . Today, I am asking everyone to take strong action to help us delay the spread of COVID-19”. CBC News at 1:15.



2020-04-15 WHO – “An assessment of the public health impact of PHSM (Public Health and Social Measures: i.e. lockdowns) for COVID-19 is not yet available but is needed. This assessment needs to take into account the social consequences and economic costs of such measures, which may be considerable.” health-and-social-measures-in-the-context-of-covid-19-interim-guidance.

2020-10-09 WHO – “(W)e are saying that we really do have to learn how to coexist with this virus in a way that doesn’t require constant closing down of economies, but at the same time, in a way that is not associated with high levels of suffering and death. It is what we are calling the middle path. And the middle path is about being able to hold the virus at bay, whilst keeping economic and social life going.

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We think lockdowns only serve one purpose, and that is to give you a bit of breathing space. . . . While you have got that breathing space you should be really building up your testing, building up your contact tracing, building up your local organization so that as you release lockdown—you are bound to get more cases, but you can deal with it really, really elegantly.

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We in the (WHO) do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of controlling this virus. The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted. But by and large we would rather not do it. . . .

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(W)e may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition. . . . This is a terrible, ghastly global catastrophe. . . . So we really do appeal to all world leaders, stop using lockdown as your primarypage91image3501322832page91image3501323104


control method. . . . (R)emember, lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is, making poor people an awful lot poorer.”

Dr. David Nabarro, WHO Special Envoy on COVID-19. The Spectator


2020-02-17 Hajdu – “I understand that (there are) some voices that would say that we should shut down the border to China. . . . Canada is following expert advice from the World Health Organization and working closely with allied partners. . . who have decided to take a different approach than the Australians and the Americans have taken for a whole bunch of reasons. First being, that it’s much easier to support people from a region that’s experiencing such an outbreak if we know where they are coming from. And the evidence says when you shut down a border like that, it gets much harder to detect where people are coming from because people are determined to get into a country or return home, and they will find alternative routes to do so.

Secondly, the long-term implications of shutting down borders is, one, they are not very effective in controlling disease, as a fact, they are not effective at all, and secondly, they actually long term can create a greater risk to global public health and here is why: China has been very open . . . . (W)hat we know is that, within a week or so, they were letting the World Health Organization and therefore, all of the partner countries know that they had an outbreak on their hand(s). And more than that, they were sharing the sequence of the virus, which was really important to other countries like Canada to be able to have the evidence to do the investigation and the testing in Canada. Imagine now if countries were to suspect that if they had an outbreak, the border would get closed, there would be sanctions economically and all of a sudden. . . countries stopped sharing that information.”

Global News at 11:45.page92image3499286592page92image3499286864


2020-02-25 Tam – In response to a question on the closure of borders: “It may be sort of anti-intuitive for people to understand this, but the more countries that are impacted means that your border measures are going to be much less effective and definitely not feasible. So we are . . . focusing on general messaging to all travelers.” CTV News at 2:30.

2020-03-15 Tam – On closure of border: “So the science . . . if you look at the global epidemiology to date . . . countries that have enacted travel bans, for example, have not been able to keep out this particular virus.”

CBC News at 25:00.

2020-03-16 Trudeau – “(W)e will be denying entry to Canada to people who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents. This measure will carve out some designated exceptions including. . . U.S. citizens.”

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2020-03-18 Trudeau – “We have agreed that both Canada and the United States will temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the Canada/U.S. border.” CPAC CPAC at 0:20.

2020-04-27 Tam – Referring to U.S. border: “To execute an actual border reduction wasn’t actually very obvious in any of our planning. . . because we just felt well, the virus is both sides.”

CBC News at 3:30 and 34:00.

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