Do you remember the movie ‘Groundhog Day’? Bill Murray portrays Phil Connors, a cynical television weatherman covering the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He becomes trapped in a time loop, forcing him to relive February 2nd repeatedly
Welcome to the ‘Groundhog Day’ Pandemic
Here in Alberta, we are in the fourth wave of ‘Spike and the Variants’. Like the previous three waves, it is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. For the past 18 months we have been subjected repeatedly to ‘short sharp lockdowns’ that aren’t short. The difference with the fourth wave is that now we have enough vaccine for everyone – except not everyone has chosen to get jabbed and not everyone who got jabbed has the same immune response. Thankfully we haven’t been put into another ‘lockdown’ but we have been mandated back into masks, have restrictions for gatherings and need vaccine passports to enter some venues, etc, etc.
On the plus side, The Car Guy and I are surrounded by vaccinated family and friends whose risk tolerance is similar to ours. We live carefully, but a bit more liberally, than the more fearful do.
The ‘Groundhog Day’ Election
Canada’s Federal Election (#44) was held on September 20, 2021. Prime Minister Trudeau called it mid way through his term. He hoped he would get a majority government.
The election cost the taxpayers $612 million (the most expensive election in Canadian history). What did we get for our money? Same old, same old. Justin Trudeau is once again the Prime Minister of a minority government but with the new distinction of having the slimmest share of overall electoral support in Canadian history (32.6% of the popular vote.) The voter turnout, at about 62% is one of the lowest since Canada’s first election in 1867 (maybe having an election during the fourth wave of the pandemic had something to do with that).
Journalist Tristin Hopper probably summed it up best: at $36.02 per vote, 16,991,074 voters might as well have bought a 24-pack of Molson Canadian Beer instead.
Unlike this election result, at least the movie Groundhog Day was rewarding.
– Tasha Kheiriddin –
Fortunately, there is still a lighter side to the ‘Rona Virus: