Dealing with discrimination from our world leaders

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the following on television:

“There are people who are opposed to vaccines, that don’t believe in science, that are often misogynists, racist…They are a small group that occupy a loud space and a decision needs to be made: do we tolerate these people?”.

Let me correct you, Mr. Prime Minister:

We are not opposed to vaccines. We are opposed to the vaccine passport.

I’m not sure why you accuse us of being women haters and racists. I do remember how you once expressed your reluctance to enforce vaccine passports due to the possibility of discrimination. I am saddened to see that you are now at the forefront of encouraging such hatred.

Lumping people opposed to the vaccine passport all in the same category of “science deniers” is wrong, but I’m sure you already know this.

Your black and white thinking is a great example of a logical fallacy known as a false dilemma. This is when you fool others into believing that there are only two possible choices, when in fact many more options exist.

In your mind, Mr. Trudeau, we must all fit into one of the following two categories:

Category 1: You believe the virus is real, trust science and agree with the implementation of the vaccine passport.

Category 2: You think the virus is not real, and you are a science denier. (And possibly a women hating racist as well).

Choose which category you belong to and then start attacking the other group, is that how this works Mr. Trudeau?

Allow me to offer a third category:

You believe in the scientific process, you know the virus is not only real, but also quite lethal to vulnerable individuals, and yet you still oppose the vaccine passports. You have reviewed the science (and know how to do so) more so than the majority of people, and believe in many evidence-based measures that can end the crisis by causing the least amount of harm. You are disappointed that these measures are being ignored in favour of a circus show that causes more harm while generating great profits for drug companies, all of which have deep ties to government.

I wish you, Mr. Trudeau, the wisdom and courage to dig deeper, to avoid political games, and to take the high road regardless of the challenges it presents.

It’s never too late.

Marc Jaoudé
Naturopath, Health Educator
Markito Fitness & Nutrition

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