Political unity or neutrality at a time of crisis

The prime minister, and other politicians from all political parties are genuine in their efforts

Political unity or neutrality at a time of crisis

Over these last few weeks, my wife and I, both nurses who work in our community are having to, like many of us, drastically change our lives personally and professionally to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Many of us have been putting ourselves in the line of fire, so to speak, so we and others may survive this serious threat to humanity.

I am working with many truly courageous coworkers, nurses, admin staff, cleaners, and managers to name a few. We are all being directed by Island Health who in turn is being directed by our current governments, both provincial and federal. I would like to note that I have found some of the political bipartisanship at this hour of need challenging to say the least.

At this time, I believe the prime minister, and other politicians from all political parties are genuine in their efforts to prevent what could be the biggest health crisis of our lifetimes. Political representatives, elected and otherwise, on all levels in Canada are making decisions that will affect our society, local and otherwise, possibly forever. I have to believe that all of our leaders are acting in good faith for the good of all, not just their party supporters.

At this time in my life I am apolitical, as I am trying to figure out how I can be part of the solution rather than add to the political disenfranchisement that is so prevalent and ineffective in our society today. That being said, although I am not at this time a Liberal supporter, I believe that the prime minister is doing everything in his power to successfully negate this dominating threat to life as we know it.

As well, I also believe that the BC Government, a coalition of two political parties, is doing the very best they can with what they have to ensure everyone’s personal safety is paramount, not just that of their supporters. In reality, as a front line working stiff, I really have no choice but to believe that all the current political leaders in power today have my back, fully and completely.

If and when I have doubts, I can ask pertinent questions and put forward calculated assertions in a manner that is enhancing the collective effort to negate the threat rather than undermine the messenger and his/her party with unfounded accusations.

Finally, I may or may not hear from the political fringes, several of which are good friends; however, if you do respond, pro or con, please know that I will make the utmost effort to respond using principles rather than personalities to make my points. Thanks for listening.

Namaste, be well.

Ted Gamble

Cowichan Lake


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