Though Canada has not (yet?) declared a state of emergency they have their vaccine flogging duo out in full force. While the main stream media dutifully reports every last word, every wild speculation and every bit of fear mongering without question. Let's see what the vaccine floggers are saying?
Some quotes from a couple of articles
If a majority of Canadians refuse the H1N1 vaccine, hospitals will be overrun by serious flu patients and many businesses will be strapped for staff by Christmas, Canada's chief public health officer Dr. David Butler-Jones warned Saturday.
Swine flu will be the grinch that will steal Christmas, with out an H1N1 vaccine! exclaimed David Butler-Jones.
Canadians who refuse the vaccine are going on Santa's naughty list!
Canadians who don't get vaccinated against H1N1 are needlessly putting themselves and others at risk, says federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.
"I'm anxious to get it like everyone else because (H1N1) is out there and people are dying," said Aglukkaq."
She must have forgot that Canadians put themselves and others at risk all the time!!
Indeed, Canadians die from smoking (45,00 canadian yearly), car accidents (approximately 2,700), work related deaths ( 5 deaths a day, everyday) and every year from seasonal flu. (The worldwide total for seasonal flu related deaths is generally between 250,000 and 500,000 a year. ) And, with much less hysteria.
Those stats are much higher then the 83 deaths in Canada in total to date and the vast majority of swine flu cases being mild?
"People are coming out of the woods to be the experts on H1N1 -- no one is an expert on H1N1 because we've only known about it for the last seven months."
So no one is an expert? Not even the Federal Health Minister?
There is a revelation, a moment of candour?
I was already wondering, why is the government resorting to fear tactics to strong arm the populace in this situation?
Is it because they have already spent almost half a billion dollars on this vaccine, and they have to justify this tax dollar expenditure? A tax expenditure that has been very profitable to big pharmaceutical business at a time when their profits were declining?
The Public Health Agency of Canada has already spent millions of dollars informing Canadians about the H1N1 virus and how to avoid infection.
The agency topped up its marketing budget this month to $8.5-million, which is being spent on newspaper and public transit ads and radio spots that began airing recently.
more money being spent!
Is this a 'bail-out of sorts for Canwest? Since Canwest/Global has lobbied the Conservative government for just such an action??
Look, Canadians are a smart lot. Wouldn't they know if a pandemic was on going?
Wouldn't they be aware of the very sick and all the dead?
Wouldn't it be obvious to them? So obvious that an ad campaign would not be necessary?