Can we trust the government when laws are designed to protect politicians from releasing information to the public based on political career strategy? Recently Premier Doug Ford said during a conference at Humber College, ” There is no politician in this country that is going to disagree with their chief medical officer. They might as well throw a rope around their neck and just jump off a bridge.”
Are Canadians being misled about the reality of the pandemic because of political egos?
Newfoundland and Labrador refuse to release pre-election COVID-19 information that was used to postpone the provincial election due to a virus outbreak.
CBC requested the information from the Department of Health and Community Services and was denied based on cabinet confidentiality.
According to the Department of Justice Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada stated that an important reason for protecting Cabinet documents was to avoid the creation of ill-informed public or political criticism.
Liberal Premier Andrew Furey called for the election in January based on “probabilistic modelling.” According to Furey, the election was called January 15 because of the consistent low prevalence of COVID-19. However, he pointed out that no one could have predicted the outbreak.
The election has been postponed until March 25 due to the virus outbreak. NL Progressive Conservative leader Ches Crosbie is demanding that Furey release the data on COVID-19 and says it is irresponsible to hide the documents.