Canadians are getting mad at leaders for not heeding their own social distancing advice
As residents try their best to listen to the health officials and politicians who continue to reinforce how crucial social distancing is to preventing further spread of COVID-19, many are quick to notice some that leaders haven't been following their own advice.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Leader of the Opposition Andrew Scheer have come under fire in recent days for not subjecting themselves to the same coronavirus lockdown rules as the rest of us.
Citizens are calling Scheer out for not safely practicing social distancing after bringing his wife and five children aboard a flight to Ottawa that was meant to accommodate only three MPs.
This thread is about Andrew Scheer surprise bringing his family with him on a 9-seat plane hired by the government and meant to social distance 3 MPs going back to Parliament— which Scheer INSISTED on.— cathy macdonald (@sixmacs6) April 14, 2020
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and cabinet minister Carla Qualtrough were also on the packed plane, making maintaining a two metre distance between all nine individuals impossible.
According to the CBC, passengers were seated just inches from one another on the nine-seater jet, and Scheer's family was added as a last-minute surprise to others on board — which May was not pleased about.
Check out your prime minister on vacation with his family in Quebec. Lead by example I think not. How about Elizabeth May and Andrew scheer with his family and a planeload of MP’s from across the country all on one plane headed to Ottawa. Don’t see no self isolation there— Dan (@Bud_lite8) April 14, 2020
Just days after Scheer's little slip-up, members of the public were up in arms yet again, this time over Trudeau's excursion to his cabin on Harrington Lake, Quebec to spend Easter with his family.
Officials have been vigorously instructing city-dwelling Canadians to avoid heading up to their cottages during the pandemic for risk of overburdening rural grocery stores, healthcare facilities and more.
Police have even set up checkpoints on main routes between Ontario and Quebec to prevent families like the Trudeaus from going back and forth to their vacation properties.
Oh FFS. Yes let's remove someone from Office who drives 20 min from their house to another of their private residences 😂.— Crepes🇨🇦 (@Crepes78) April 14, 2020
Who would you like to have replace him? The CPC and Andrew Scheer who flew a plane across the country with his family and a bunch of MP's. 🙄
A few have said both episodes exemplify how the leaders laying out the rules for the public seem to think themselves above the law.
Andrew Scheer sets the nation his example by bringing his family of 7 on a plane intended for 3 MPs. Entitled and above the law. https://t.co/KBrb5qMiic— Kate (@KateLaterally) April 14, 2020
Some Canadians have also noticed other instances where officials have not abided by their own social distancing recommendations: like Doug Ford, who is perhaps too-closely flanked by members of his team during his daily COVID-19 press conferences.
People have made the same criticisms of Trump's White House briefings and other politico gatherings south of the border, which have seen more than a dozen people at a time packed side-by-side onto small stages or into rooms.
There was also the time that a chief health officer in California licked her finger to turn a page during her speech that implored residents to avoid touching their faces.
Hey @fordnation and @celliottability, maybe when you're giving a #COVID19 speech encouraging people to practice social distancing, maybe you should stand a little further apart? Like maybe oh, I dunno, just spitballing here, 2 metres apart? pic.twitter.com/czhtfUKtIM— Furious Feminist to Your Left (@RoarWomenRoar) March 18, 2020
Through all of this, it's safe to say we're learning that politicians are just regular people, too — people who want to go to their cottages to see their families, want to hop on a plane with their crew without thinking too much about it, and want to be able to absent-mindedly touch their faces without getting crucified for it.
Unfortunately, we've all lost these little freedoms right now, and for good reason.
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