John Horgan justified his decision for an early election last fall based on the need for a clear majority mandate to address COVID-19. Despite now having that mandate, B.C. is behind.
According to Our World In Data, as of Jan. 3 Canada had administered 0.31 vaccines per 100 residents, lower then Israel (14.4 per 100), Britain (1.39), the U.S. (1.28) and Germany (0.32). Within Canada, B.C. is behind P.E.I., Alberta, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland in doses administered per 100 residents.
I don’t doubt that everybody in B.C. is working tirelessly to address this crisis, but we must also acknowledge that our performance to our peers is not acceptable, especially after we endured the cost and time of an election to ensure we have clear provincial leadership on this matter.
We all play a role in turning our performance around. As residents, we need to continue embracing the provincial health guidelines and doing what we can to help small businesses through this storm. The Coast Reporter can help us better understand when and how our communities will be vaccinated, and hold our government accountable on that timing. And our government needs to deliver on the mandate they’ve been given.
Let’s pick up the pace.
Andrew Rusk, Garden Bay