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CHARBONNEAU – Coronavirus tests Canada’s character

Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Image: BC Govt photo)

CANADIANS ARE SEEN AS “NICE” PEOPLE, sensible, proud of Canada but not jingoistic, modest, not fanatically religious. The way we respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic will further define who we are.

The response to the pandemic in the U.S. has been politicized, similar to the response to climate change, with President Trump initially calling COVID-19 a hoax cooked up by his political opponents. Apparently some Republicans are following Trump’s initial lead and not socially isolating themselves by going to bars.

Canada can be an oasis of calm amid the global coronavirus freakout. Political leaders can instil a sense of calm and confidence. One of those is Dr. Bonnie Henry, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer. She has become the face of Canada’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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