Emails to Brian Pallister during the pandemic included harsh words
< p class="styled__StyledLegend-sc-v64krj-0 cfqhYM">Former Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister left office on September 1, 2021.
Emails sent by members of the general public to former Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister during the first wave of the pandemic in May 2020 included harsh words directed at him.
In the emails obtained by The Canadian Press under the right to access to information, we can read words like dictator, criminal and greedy to describe Brian Pallister in reaction to the health rules introduced by the province to manage the pandemic.
These emails were sent over a two-day period, May 11-12, 2020, when the province imposed limits on the opening of businesses and public gatherings.
Your office is on the borderline of criminal behavior. You shut down the whole province for what, 30 cases [of COVID-19 contamination]? reads an email from someone who wanted public health orders lifted.
You are giving the green light for this virus to spread and I don't like it, reads another email from a Manitoban who objected to the easing of some restrictions more early that month. You are not a leader. You are a very greedy politician.
The names of the authors of these messages have not been released under the protection of privacy.
During the time these emails were written, Manitoba was beginning to see the first cases of infection, 289 cases, as well as seven deaths.
The government first forced many non-essential businesses to close. Schools, dental clinics, museums and other establishments were also closed.
The province, however, announced relaxations a few days later, in early May.
The positions were however divided in the light of the messages received by the office of the Prime Minister.
While 24 people asked for a further easing or outright lifting of health restrictions, five others asked for the rules to be maintained or tightened.
I think you can state that the crisis in Manitoba is over and we can fully reopen [the province], wrote one sender.
Anyone wondering how this virus is instrumentalized by politicians of socialist leanings? wondered another.
Some messages even urged the province to take specific action, such as adding protective gear for healthcare workers, more financial support for businesses and more aid checks. social.
One person thanked Mr. Pallister for his forceful attitude in the face of the pandemic.
Another Manitoban wrote to say the Premier was doing a great job.
Every time I see you in news updates, I'm impressed by your caring, yet no-nonsense approach.
Mr. Pallister stepped down as Prime Minister on September 1, 2021 and was officially replaced in October of the same year by Heather Stefanson.
The new Prime Minister has publicly indicated that she wants to be at the listening to Manitobans in its management of the pandemic.
However, his handling of the pandemic has not been without criticism. The most recent data on this shows that Manitoba has now recorded more than 152,000 cases of infection and more than 2,200 deaths.
According to data compiled by the government Manitoba has the second highest death rate per capita from COVID-19 in Canada.
Furthermore, pressure exerted on intensive care has reached its alert status. Even now, demand for beds remains above pre-pandemic capacity.
As the province tries to catch up on backlogs in surgeries and diagnostic procedures caused by the pandemic, doctors recently warned that Manitoba hospitals are at risk of being overwhelmed by the growing spread of three respiratory viruses: COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
>With information from La Presse canadienne