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Underway said:So what is great leadership to you. He's shown compassion, not tried to score political points, followed the medical/scientific advice and worked with former political "enemies (read Federal Liberals)" to get the job done. At every turn, he's tried to do the right thing. So... is it perhaps your own political leanings and previous opinions are getting in the way. By any objective measure, he's doing amazing. And let me say... I was NOT a fan before this.
Great leadership would include all of the above BUT would also include considering a variety of opinions and balancing multiple competing interests rather than just basically handing the reins of leadership over to the medical professionals.
I don't take issue with medical professionals wanting a lockdown because, they are focusing on their field as they should. And in a vacuum, without other competing interests to consider, absolutely you lock it all down. But, the medical ramifications of those infected with COVID-19 is only one piece of the puzzle. It seems like no one has considered the long term economic impact and the deaths that will result from the lockdown.
It seems to me that locking everything down was in fact the easy, politically expedient one, because no one was going to criticize him for doing that. I think placed like Sweden are the ones who actually made a tough decision because they risk a higher death toll now, to avoid a much much worse death toll down the road. I believe we are in the "calm before the storm" and we are only just starting to see the tip of the iceberg of the lockdown consequences that are coming and they'll be bad.
I'm impressed (not intended to be sarcastic, that's a genuine compliment). Some consistency in an opinion. One of the least talked about issues with left/right is their inconsistent belief systems (pro-life but also pro-death penalty? What? Generally soft on law and order but in favour of lockdown of the economy? Huh? and vice versa).
I don't see an inconsistency between being pro-capital punishment and pro-life at the same time, but I'm not going to get into that because it's off topic.
That said, I'm not necessarily ideologically opposed to a lockdown per se ... my concern has always been more along the lines that the cure is worse than the disease.