Any relapse by governments into confused messaging and contradictory actions risks eroding the public buy-in, depriving Canada of what up until now has been one of its greatest advantages.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Nov. 24, 2020, holding a media availability in front of his home at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa. In more recent days, following a series of pleas from public health and medical experts, governments across the country faced reality and accepted the need to act more decisively and communicate more clearly. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments in Canada have benefitted from remarkable public goodwill.
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Apologizing for 'tensions' that became public over the last months, Julie Payette said that 'we all experience things differently, but we should always strive to do better, and be attentive to one another’s perceptions.'
He faced potential expulsion last year during the leadership race over comments he made that appeared to question whether chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam, who is of Asian descent, was a pawn of China.
'I hope that intelligence and security officials in Canada learned after what they saw in the U.S. and can make sure something like that does not happen here,' says Ottawa-turned-Washington correspondent Richard Madan.