Is there any evidence that Albertans are refusing the lockdowns or refusing vaccinations at a greater rate than any other province?
Look, this Pandemic is very hard to figure out. Explain to me why Texas and Florida continue to have extremely low case counts, while many more locked-down states are seeing increases?. Why some countries were almost unscathed in the first two waves and are now getting clobbered? There’s much we don’t understand.
For that matter, can you explain why Quebec, with roughly twice our population, has had five times as many deaths? Or why they’ve had more deaths than Ontario? Are Quebecers idiots?
Of course there are idiots in Alberta. There are idiots everywhere. Some of them decided to have a rodeo last weekend in the midst of a growing wave of cases. Ridiculous. But that kind of crap happens everywhere.
And trust me, I’m hearing the anti-vax bullshit. But I’m hearing it from people across Canada and the US.
Instead of a right-left split, you might look at rural vs urban people. Lockdowns make less sense for rural people, and they are likely more individualistic in the first place. Most of the crazies screaming about 5G vaccine chips and Bill Gates conspiracies are rural types who don’t play well with government in the first place and don’t like being told what to do. But you’ll find them everywhere.
As for blaming Trudeau - why not? He has fucked up at almost every point in this pandemic, starting with his refusal to re-open available vaccine facilities in favor of building a new one in Montreal which won’t be ready until the end of the year, leaving us at the mercy of other governments. We’re now being told by his government that it’s totally OK to wait four months between Pfizer shots - a claim Pfizer itself came out to say had no basis in science. More likely they just worked back from when they think they can deliver the next shot, and decided to call it science.
As of today, we have fully vaccinated a whopping 3.1% of the population, and only 39% have received one shot, and won’t get the second until well past the interval we have any data for. The provinces have been doing their bit, with high distribution rates for the vaccine they got. So who exactly would you blame for this situation? Try pretending that our leader was Donald Trump, if that helps.