Prime Minister Brian Pallister delivered a tough holiday message to Manitoba residents: “If you think the COVID is not real right now, you’re an idiot.
But Pallister’s comment came during a press conference on Thursday where he urged Manitobans to comply with coronavirus restrictions and change their holiday celebrations in light of the ongoing pandemic. The Canadian province recently issued a “Code Red” restriction that prohibits people from meeting with other people who do not live in their immediate household. Residents are also expected to wear masks in public.
” I am the one who steals Christmas from you to protect you, because you need to do this now, you need to do the right thing, because next year we will have a lot to celebrate,” Pallister said.
Pallister said he was aware of recent polls that showed he only had a 32 percent approval rating, the lowest among Canadian primers at the moment. However, he was willing to forego sympathy in an effort to save lives and told the conference: “You don’t have to like me.
“I hope that in the years to come you will respect me for having the courage to tell you the right thing, and here is the right thing: stay safe, protect each other, love each other, care for each other… but don’t get together this Christmas,” he said. “I am the person who has come forward 75 times here before you and asked you to do things you have never done before, and I have asked you to do it every day. I don’t like to say it, but it has to be said, someone has to say it, and that’s why I’m the one who took this task to say it.
Pallister added: “You know, I didn’t go into politics to be adulated, I went into politics to do the right thing, to try to save my city, to try to help people. I do what I think is right, I do what I think is necessary, that is what you need now.
In Manitoba, 12 more deaths were reported by Thursday, while 368 new cases were reported in the province, bringing the total number of cases in the region to over 17,750. Across Canada, nearly 400,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported, while more than 12,200 people have died from the virus. The country’s health department reported a test positive rate of 7 percent in the last week of November.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the CBC that not only would he introduce further restrictions, but he would also continue to keep the Canadian border closed for non-essential travel. “Until the virus is much better controlled around the world, we will not lift the restrictions at the border,” he said on Tuesday.