Thursday, October 29, 2009

Are the Conservatives dropping the political H1N1 ball?

My wife is like the majority of Canadians in the sense she does not give a damn about politics. She could not care less about all of the things I read and write about here on Liblogs.

I mention this because a couple of nights ago we were sitting at the supper table talking about the H1N1 vaccine. She is concerned and had questions on whether she should get it. Our family doctor says yes but a family friend, who also happens to be a doctor, is much more circumspect, mentioning such things as the lack of testing of the vaccine in Canada and possible side effects.

So my wife decided to look to see what the government has to say about it. Thus my wife and I had one of our rare "political" discussions. She mentioned she was confused because of the mixed messages she was receiving from the doctors and that the government did not provide much useful information and at one point in the discussion about the government information she asked the question: "Is the government giving us all of the information, are they holding any of it back?"

After thinking about it yesterday she decided to get the shot. She falls into one of the groups that are considered high risk so she can get it before the rest of us. We had a prior commitment last night but she said we will be done by 8:00pm, the clinic closes a 9:00pm, so we should get there with plenty of time. We arrived at 8:15 and she was told the clinic was closed. They were so overwhelmed they had to stop taking new recipients almost as soon as they opened the doors at 5:00pm. They told her if she wanted to have any chance of getting the vaccine she should show up at the clinic around 1:00pm, a full four hours before it opens.

She was not impressed, in fact she was downright angry.

She again asked me my opinion on the situation and I told it was simply that they did not have enough of the vaccine. She then asked me who was responsible for getting the vaccine and I told her it is the federal government. She then made the statement: "How can they not have enough vaccine? Everybody knew the Swine flu was coming back. What the fuck has the government been doing for the last 6 months?"

My wife is concerned about H1N1, although she has decided to receive the vaccine she is still confused about it and still has doubts about the decision and now she is frustrated and at least partially blames the federal government for that frustration and confusion.

Concern, confusion and frustration. A heady mix, that if it infects enough of the Canadian population would spell the end of a sitting government because when they rear their heads the person feeling these emotions begins to look for someone to blame and the federal government is an easy target.

Of course, this is just an anecdote but my wife's experience is not an isolated case. It is happening all over the National Capital Region and probably all over the country. For the first time in several years my wife has noticed the federal government and she is not impressed with how it has handled this situation. If that sentiment begins to catch on amongst other apolitical Canadians the Conservatives could find themselves in deep trouble.


Blogger AnonymousCoward said...

You could start by not lying to your wife. That is a bad thing to do.

The line-ups are not caused by a shortage of vaccine, the lines are caused by the inability of Ottawa Health to get their heads out of their butts and organize a proper response.

Ottawa Health is not properly screening, they are allowing people who are not high-risk to also get the vaccine.

Ottawa Health is not managing the queues, and allowing people to line up for hours just to be told that they are not accepting more people, or to take a number.

The government has ordered 50 million doses. All governments are in the same boat, it takes time to make the vaccination.

Health is a provincial responsibility, you sir, are just not well informed.

And your friend who is a doctor, is a quack.

October 29, 2009 10:48 PM  
Blogger kitt said...

Ya, ya, ya... it's always someone else's fault. Six months is enough time to produce the required doses. Oh yes... it's all the Liberal's fault.

October 29, 2009 11:13 PM  
Blogger RuralSandi said...

AnonymousCoward - I suggest you read today's headlines.

Ottawa say the provinces won't get as much as planned.

This is an absolute mess.

October 30, 2009 7:32 AM  
Blogger ottlib said...


Where to start with answering your comment?

Well first off, fuck you for insulting my friend. Go piss up a rope.

Second, health care is a provincial responsibility but providing the provinces with sufficient doses of the vaccine, in a timely fashion, is a federal responsibility. If you cannot grasp that simple fact you are not just a coward you are an idiot.

The rest of your comment is not worth my time.

October 30, 2009 8:16 AM  
Blogger marie said...

Anonymous coward, you are living up to your chosen cowardly name. What you write is your opinion and not facts which mean piss all. I second this line; Well first off, fuck you for insulting my friend. Go piss up a rope. And further more, grow up a little before writing nonsense.

November 05, 2009 12:53 PM  

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