doiwannabeapilot wrote: ↑Mon Apr 06, 2020 2:03 pm You are right. Stopping travel from China ONLY would not have stopped it 100% and we will unfortunately never know how much it may have helped.
A worldwide travel ban would have been 100x better.
However, common sense would dictate the first country you should ban travel from would be where patient zero is from.
I wasn't trying to IMPLY. I am saying that it WAS due to political or economic pressure. To think otherwise is probably naive.
It may not have even been political correctness, (although the government prides itself on that), it could have been purely an economic decision.
Even if other Canadian political parties were in power, it is quite possible that they would not have acted much differently.
I think in the future....taking that potential economic hit from upsetting any 1 particular country would be preferred.
I am closer to agreeing with you here.
Taking appropriate measures and shutting down air travel and the economy early would have taken substantial leadership, coupled with a large deference to science that I just don't think exists in modern politics. I don't know if it ever has. It would have been a monumental, unprecedented decision.
I will say -- at the risk of being divisive -- that I absolutely do think that we would have been even more delayed in our response if a conservative party had been in charge. They have historically and consistently taken anti-science, and anti-intellectual stances in their policy making and sacrificed science at the alter of ideology shockingly frequently in the last 20 years. One need only look south of the border to see the kind of denial and political ploying that worked directly against the science and the experts, and continues to do so, in the face of this crisis.