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The trumping of common sense by politics has always been a bane. What makes no sense is suddenly sensible — at least to the political party in power trying to jerry-rig a crisis. No party exemplifies this today better than the Trudeau Liberals. It should come as no surprise that the average Canadian, more steeped in common sense than political savvy, thought it was outrageous the Trudeau Liberals were so slow to shut down the border when COVID-19 was ramping up to become a worldwide pandemic. The first coronavirus death in China was publicly reported on Jan. 11, 2020. Taiwan restricted travel from China on Jan. 26 followed by the United States on Jan. 31, Australia on Feb. 1, and South Korea on Feb. 24. Canada, meanwhile, was still dilly-dallying. The Public Health Agency as late as Jan. 29, 2020, had maintained it was still safe for Canadians to travel to China and for others to come here from the Wuhan region — which 1,796 did. As of this week, Canada has seen 1.4 million COVID-19 infections, including variants, and more than 26,500 deaths. “Many felt the government should have closed the borders sooner than it did,” wrote researchers.

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