Monday, October 20, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Ebola Scandal
A few days ago I pointed out that Stephen Harper was trying to fan the flames of an Ebola panic.
Even though his response to the epidemic has been lethally inadequate.
And far from making us safer he has been decimating the ranks of those who would protect us from dangerous diseases.
But this is simply obscene.
Ottawa continued to auction off stockpiled medical supplies to the public, even after the World Health Organization requested the protective gear amid an Ebola outbreak raging in West Africa. Sales of so-called Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which includes surgical masks and isolation gowns, also apparently took place despite requests that are said to have been made this summer via both Sierra Leone’s ambassador to the U.S. and a Canadian aid organization for donations to equip front-line health-care workers.
And some of the low-priced auctioned gear landed in the hands of entrepreneurs who then tried to hawk the items for a profit.
And what makes this scandal even worse, if that's possible, is that it also raises doubts about the true value of Canada's contribution to the global war on Ebola.
On Sept. 15, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced Canada was donating “over $2.5-million” in protective gear to the WHO.
Whether those respirator masks, gloves, face shields and gowns are truly worth the price the government has quoted is questionable: According to an analysis of publicly listed data conducted by GlobalMedic, a Canadian charity that responds to international disasters, PHAC auctioned off an estimated $1.5-million worth of protective gear between February and August for a total of just over $30,000.
But then of course you know what I think about Rona Ambrose...
And she never disappoints.
The federal government won't send more experts to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa without a guarantee they can be medically evacuated if they get sick, Canada’s health minister says. The United Nations is appealing for more money and medical staff on the ground in the affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the Ebola virus has killed more than 4,700 people.
They will send 600 soldiers to fight ISIS but they can't send any to help the desperate people of Africa.
And what did her deputy, the hapless Eve Adams have to say about this on Power and Politics today?
Yes, believe it or not, they are that SHAMELESS.
But then why are we surprised when our grotesque Cons are just following the Republican playbook again.
Which involves cranking up the fear factor.
The arrival of the virus in America has crystallised a range of Conservative anxieties: immigration, race, terrorism, science, big government, Barack Obama – you name it. For the right, Ebola is not just a disease, it is a metaphor for some of the things they don’t understand and many of the things they loathe.
While avoiding the implications of this public health emergency like the plague.
Ebola makes the case for government: an institution Conservatives have no love for. It is an issue of public health to which no individual or privatised response can make any substantial, meaningful contribution. To fight an epidemic like Ebola you need a well-resourced public sector, well-trained government employees, central planning and coordination and a respect for science.
And refusing to accept that on this tiny planet we are all in this together...
From the point of view of this leftist, what really terrifies the right about Ebola is that it shows – albeit in a deadly, scary, tragic way – that we are all connected. It shows that no matter how strong the gates around your community, how high the wall on your border, how sophisticated the alarm on your house; no matter how much you avoid state schools, public transport and public libraries; no matter how much you pay the premium to retreat from the public sphere – you cannot escape both your own humanity and the humanity of others, and the fact that our fates are tied.
If you want to feel secure in Texas, regardless of your race, income or religion, it’s in your interests that people have healthcare in Monrovia.
Which explains why our RepubliCons are doing almost nothing to fight Ebola in Africa. Even though if we don't help stamp it out at its source it will threaten us FOREVER.
And really what more can I say that I haven't said before?
A thousand times before.
Stephen Harper and his Cons are not just dangerous they're EVIL.
And we will not be safe or decent in this country.
Until the day this dangerous monster is defeated...
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