During this pandemic I am thankful to be Canadian. I am thankful that the majority of people put their faith in our health authorities and look at the statistics of this virus to realize how serious it is. I am thankful people are cracking jokes and drinking beers from home, social distance style instead of protesting in the thousands about how making the bottom dollar matters more than three per cent of the population dying.
And I am thankful in this moment for a federal government that recognizes citizen’s needs for financial assistance in this time—that offers options for support instead of worrying about how long this will set them back financially. Despite our shortcomings this is more than other governments are doing to help their people.
I am thankful that as Canadians we recognize the importance and invaluable presence of our front line workers like doctors, nurses, and grocery store employees. I am thankful to be Canadian because we are not gambling with this virus, that we are putting our best efforts forward to flatten the curve.
Times are tough right now, but I think if we put in perspective how far we’ve come and what actions are being taken, Canada is a pretty great place to be. It’s not perfect, but it certainly could be a lot worse.