We Need a Plan, Not Excuses

November 30, 2020

Today, the Trudeau government introduced a financial update that did not provide Canadians a light at the end of the tunnel.

They are spending hundreds of billions of dollars, but millions of Canadians are still being left behind.

The government’s update had no plan for getting Canadians back to work, nor a plan for helping shuttered small businesses reopen. That’s because there can be no plan for the economy without a plan for rapid testing and vaccines.

Other countries have already started getting their hands on vaccines. Canada is behind the U.S., the U.K., the European Union, Mexico, Brazil, India, and Indonesia for vaccine procurement. That means there are more than 2.7 billion people who are in-line ahead of Canadians.

Right now, there is no plan for receiving vaccines. There is no plan for distributing vaccines to Canadians. There isn’t even a plan for who will get the vaccine first.

While the Americans and Brits are talking about mass vaccination throughout December and January, our government is now talking about getting Canadians vaccinated in September.

That’s ten more months of uncertainty, businesses closing, mental health challenges, families remaining separated, and workers not knowing if their shifts will be cancelled.

When the rest of the world is returning to normal life, Canada will remain shut down because the Prime Minister failed to procure the necessary vaccines.

Instead of presenting a plan to Canadians, the government is more focused on “reimagining” our economy.

It’s hard to believe that anyone would think this is the right time for an agenda that will create even more uncertainty. Justin Trudeau and the Liberals want to use the pandemic to implement a massive and risky experiment to remake the economy.

This isn’t the time to toy with our future. This is the time to overcome COVID-19, protect the vulnerable, and save jobs. And once the pandemic is behind us, build back our economy as quickly as possible.

Conservatives will continue to prioritize a recovery that protects jobs, small businesses, and above all else – brings back certainty.

Let the government know you want a plan for recovery, not excuses by adding your name at www.blakerichards.ca/plan-not-excuses