During a virtual meeting of the House Of Commons held last Thursday, Provencher MP Ted Falk expressed his frustration with the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
"The endless cycle of restrictions must end," he stated unequivocally.
Falk's perspective isn't shortsighted. He's noted that jobs have been lost in his riding as businesses have closed down, and from a less economic perspective, he's also concerned that "families have been forced to say their goodbyes to loved ones over video calls in recent months."
“This is not the way it should be,” said the MP to his fellow colleagues, describing these hardships and part and parcel of government overreach.
“COVID-19 has been with us for a year now and yet the Liberal government’s response has failed to mature with the passage of time. This endless cycle of restrictions, some imposed by the provinces and others by the [federal] Liberal government must end,” he added. “It’s time to stop the excuses and show some leadership. Protect the vulnerable, provide the vaccines to those who want, and allow everyone else to resume their lives.”
Whereas the Liberals have remained silent, Falk claims that the Conservatives have conversely been pushing for speedier vaccine procurement, in addition to a faster reopening of the economy and the cessation of lockdown restrictions. However, he claims, it's not enough. Despite Conservative protests, the Liberals simply aren't opening up the country fast enough, he emphasized, which will do more damage in the long-term for Canada than good.
This isn't the first time Falk has taken the fight against the federal government. Earlier this month, he derided the government's planned isolation in quarantine centers, stating it would be much more efficient simply to use rapid testing on travelers as they entered Canada, whereby the traveler could then be sent to a quarantine centre or home to isolate for 14 days if results were positive. "The three-day mandatory stay in a hotel of the government's choice, I don't think there is any need for that," he said. He also criticized the government for "provid[ing] way too many exemptions for well-connected individuals, billionaires and Liberal friends to not have to quarantine."