Ontario Premier Doug Ford has enacted a number of rules in an effort to tamp down on the surge in cases during the “second wave” of COVID-19 currently sweeping through the province. Bars and restaurants have been told to shut their doors at midnight, with last call being at 11 p.m., while strip clubs have been closed once more.
It seems all but inevitable another lockdown will be coming, Ford has said he's waiting for “hard evidence” before making a major declaration like that, though that doesn't seem to have been a factor in some of his previous decisions.
On yesterday's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, Ezra explained how, in his opinion, Premier Ford has abandoned conservatism:
He's simply stopped being conservative. He's become a bit of a Justin Trudeau/Theresa Tam mini-me. Just doing whatever the big government public health bureaucracy tells him to do. And he's getting a really authoritarian tone about him. He denounces pro-freedom protesters.
So when he said [face coverings inside all public indoor settings was] “effective immediately” [in a Saturday afternoon tweet] did he mean at 1:15 p.m.? And what did he mean by public indoor settings?
I checked at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, three hours after his “effective immediately” tweet, the regulations hadn't been updated for days.
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