Everybody hates a freeloader.
This is a universal law of human nature.
So while it’s true evidence suggests “vaccine passports” would be more effective at getting vaccination-hesitant Albertans to do the right thing than Jason Kenney’s scheme to give $100 gift rds to dim-witted holdouts if they agree to get a jab, that’s not why the idea was instantly and universally loathed. It’s also likely not beuse it’ll cost about $20 million.
It’s beuse good citizens who did the right thing and stepped up to be vaccinated will get bupkes.
There is a fury in the land!
The premier, Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Chief Medil Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw had all been harshly criticized for disappearing from view for weeks while the COVID-19 Delta variant burned its way through the province after they’d defied conventional wisdom and opened the place up in July.
So we all knew something foolish was probably coming down the pike when we got word they’d scheduled a Friday news conference, dragging Alberta Health Services CEO Verna Yiu along to lend a little credibility to their effort. (Yes, Dr. Yiu confirmed, Alberta’s ICUs are now almost at pacity.)
Mr. Kenney and his United Conservative Party Government, after all, have a track record for bad ideas.
Who would have guessed, though, they’d come up…