An internal government survey of six focus groups in different regions of the country found that many participants expressed concerns about several areas of Ottawa’s pandemic management.
The March 2022 report was prepared for the Privy Council Secretariat and submitted on 16 May. The Federal Accountability Act mandates that all secret polls conducted by the government be made public within six months of their release.A report was obtained and initially report By a BlackRock reporter.
“We will discuss the adequacy of the Canadian government’s pandemic management at this time. [March 2022] Participants expressed a range of opinions: better, the same, or worse compared to the early stages of the pandemic,” said a report entitled Continuing Qualitative Data Collection of Canadians’ Views. said.
While Manitoba participants found pandemic management to be poor throughout the pandemic, most participants across the six regions felt government controls worsened as the situation unfolded. .
“Some felt the federal government’s approach… lacked direction,” the report said.
Still, a “small but significant number” feel that government performance has either improved or remained relatively the same.
The ongoing vaccine mandate was also a concern for some participants, according to the report.
“Many participants expressed their disappointment with the continued implementation of federal vaccine-related mandates,” it said.
“Also, those who have lost their jobs for failing to comply with federal vaccination mandates are affected by feeling unfairly treated by the Canadian government and perceiving their career as a personal health decision. I believed that this should not have happened.”
Some participants said indoor mask mandates were lifted but were still required in elementary and middle schools, and gyms and fitness studios were closed but shopping malls and restaurants were allowed to remain open. I felt that the obligation was inconsistent, such as when
The entire Newfoundland group of participants deemed the vaccine requirement “extremely harmful” and said it was “disruptive and ineffective”. They felt that those who made personal decisions not to be vaccinated were unfairly targeted.
“Some felt there should be more emphasis on recognizing the protections perceived to be provided by natural immunity previously conferred by people who had recovered from COVID-19, while others felt that public health officials should be more focused on recognizing Canadians. It was also argued that there should have been more emphasis on encouraging Canadians to lead healthier lifestyles in general, rather than focusing on vaccines as the primary means of protecting Canadians. That’s it,” said the report.
A group in Manitoba found the government’s efforts to have had little impact overall and was concerned about the division and anxiety caused by the response to the pandemic. was.
“A few [of the Manitoba participants] They specifically mentioned adopting rigorous sanitizing and hand washing practices that they felt helped reinforce pre-existing phobias they had regarding the spread of viruses and bacteria,” the report added.
Many participants who themselves had the virus or who passed it on to someone close to them said, “This experience generally serves to provide greater reassurance that the virus is manageable in most situations. I found it useful.”
Overall, most participants felt that things had returned to normal and were no longer worried about the virus.
While some participants were pleased with the prompt provision of financial assistance and the government’s work to keep the public informed in the early stages, the report noted that the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and other Mismanagement due to lack of oversight that helped financial assistance programs lead to labor shortages.
CERB is one of the first COVID-related relief programs passed by Congress in March 2020, shortly after the pandemic began. The program provided payments of $2,000 every four weeks to those whose jobs were affected by the pandemic.
Initially, CERB was expected to cost the government $24 billion. By August 16, 2020, about 8.6 million people have received his $70 billion. The program ended up paying him $81.6 billion, according to records.
According to a September 20 ministry survey reported by Blacklocks, 1.7 million people (about 19%) benefited from CERB but were not eligible. These figures do not include payments to high school students, who received $636 million.
Andrew Chen contributed to this report.