After the family waited five years to take a charity-sponsored trip to Hawaii, it was postponed indefinitely due to Canada’s Covid-19 restrictions.
Her mother, Lia Louiser, said the grief was bad enough. Then an Alberta government minister, Tracy Allard, confessed to taking a trip with her family to Hawaii for the Christmas holidays because it was a “family tradition.”
“It’s just a huge slap in the face that this was going to be our year,” Lousier said in an interview with CNN. “We were finally going to go. We were going to bring him in, hopefully before we lose him, and see other people were, you know, jet-set because they’d had… a long year or whatever. harmful. ”
Canadians who have endured travel bans, 14-day quarantines and multi-week lockdowns are angry with politicians and officials who flout the very health guidelines they helped put in place.
The social media reaction has been intense
In Alberta, where the number of Covid-19 cases is among the highest in the country, eight politicians have admitted to traveling abroad.
Allard was welcomed home after her Christmas vacation in Hawaii to find “Aloha Allard” signs on buildings across the province, a petition calling for her resignation and a furious backlash on social media.
Allard apologized and resigned his position with the Alberta cabinet. In a statement, she noted that threats had been made against her children.
“I take this learning opportunity for myself as I seek to earn forgiveness and rebuild trust with my constituents,” she said in the statement. “And I hope people will reflect on their actions in response as well. ”
“It really sounds like an insult,” says the doctor
The consequences for her and for others are a measure of the outrage that currently reigns among usually hard-to-cleanse Canadians, especially exhausted healthcare workers.
“Canadians don’t tend to get outraged quickly, we’re pretty calm, you know, but I think it’s been a bit of a tipping point for us to say, OK, we’ve done our part. about your respect for our sacrifices, ”Dr. Alan Drummond said in an interview with CNN from his practice in Perth, Ont.
Drummond worked throughout the pandemic and only left home to treat patients. He hasn’t even traveled to see his own children for over 10 months.
Drummond has sparked a storm on Twitter and his post is gaining the support of angry Canadians.
“For the politicians who have preached to us to restrict our activities, to restrict our social gatherings, to see our elderly loved ones through iPads and glass windows, for them to then ignore the sacrifice of others for their personal pleasure, (it is) difficult to express how deeply disturbing this is, ”he said. “It really sounds like an insult. ”
Many Canadians have also been outraged by what appears to be a deliberate plan by some to hide their vacation plans.
Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips lost his job after a video message broadcast on Christmas Eve thanking his constituents for obeying the lockdown turned out to be pre-recorded.
The heartwarming video – featuring gingerbread decor and a warm fire – was shown while he was vacationing on the Caribbean island of St Barts.
He later returned, apologized and resigned.
“I know I disappointed a lot of people. I hope people will appreciate that I haven’t disappointed anyone more than me, ”he told media while awaiting his arrival at Toronto Pearson Airport.
The boy’s mother is angry, disappointed
Braeden likely won’t see any Hawaiian beaches this year. Most Canadians who have seen their vacation, regardless of their destination, will not either.
Louiser says doctors didn’t expect Braeden, who suffers from an extremely rare genetic condition, Hajdu-Cheney syndrome, to pass childhood. She says she tries to give him “as much joy” and as many experiences as possible “because he has little time on this earth”.
This makes his anger and disappointment towards privileged and complacent rulers all the more palpable.
“Why didn’t you stop and think you’re the one standing in front of the camera saying, ‘Hey guys you have to stay home,’ Lousier says, adding that she and her family are still hoping that Braeden will soon feel the sand between his toes and the sensory pleasure of the rolling waves.