As Vaccine Debacle Deepens, Trudeau Abandons Any Semblance Of Leadership
By Spencer Fernando, Exclusive to the National Citizens Coalition
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory both have a few things in common.
First, they aren’t federal leaders.
Second, they both sought to contact the CEO of Pfizer to enquire about Canada’s vaccine shipments being shut down for at least a full week.
Why do I mention this?
Because the fact that they are doing this shows what a massive leadership vacuum exists at the federal level, as Justin Trudeau again leaves his work to others.
Now, if Trudeau was an avid proponent of decentralization, and if provincial/municipal governments had control over vaccine procurement, then Trudeau stepping aside and leaving the job to others might be justifiable.
But as we have seen, Trudeau loves centralizing power.
And vaccine procurement is a federal responsibility, with more local levels of government unable to buy vaccines since everything goes through the feds.
So, if a provincial premier and a city mayor are having to call the CEO of Pfizer, it means Justin Trudeau has abandoned his leadership role.
And the timing couldn’t be worse.
Canada’s vaccine struggles are deepening, as we are shown to be low on the priority list for distributors, and as many of our peer nations move far ahead in both total vaccinations and vaccinations per person.
Yet, notice how Trudeau isn’t abandoning the optics of leadership.
He’s still holding his press conferences.
He’s still putting himself front and centre.
But as we saw recently, he chose to leave mention of the delays in vaccine distribution to ministers and other government officials.
What this means is not only is Trudeau abandoning his role at the top of the government, but that it is part of a PR push to insulate him from political damage.