Canada’s Covid response was not based on any kind of science, Risk Assessment professional Dean Beaudry told the National Citizens’ Inquiry (NCI) on April 26.
“I cannot imagine how we could have done a worse job,” Beaudry noted in astonishment at one point.
NCI is a Canada-wide citizen-led and citizen-funded initiative to investigate governments’ Covid-19 policies in a fair and impartial manner that is completely independent of the government. Through questioning led by lawyers, individual Canadians and experts are presenting evidence under oath to Independent Commissioners.
Alberta engineer Dean Beaudry, BSc., MSc., P.Eng. spent his entire career assessing and mitigating workplace risks. His presentation to the NCI in Red Deer was titled: “Quality Decisions in High Stakes Situations.” It represented his professional opinion on how the risks associated with Covid-19 could have and should have been handled.
Beaudry was shocked that Canada’s public health managers deviated from every accepted norm in the field of Risk Assessment.
“Nothing we did was based on science,” he stated ruefully at one point.
In exploring the root causes of the Covid situation, Beaudry noted, “One of the roots was unchecked and inadequate governance action. There was a suspension of Charter rights, and that provided the authority for general lowering of ethical and privacy standards, the course of vaccination requirements, passports, travel restrictions, lockdowns…all the bad things that happened. But it also eliminated the requirement for critical thinking and difficult decisions.”
While his dismay at Canada’s Covid response appears profound and incredulous, Beaudry seemed pleasantly surprised at the information which was being presented at the NCI.
“This Inquiry is the best thing since the Convoy,” he told Commissioners.
The NCI’s purpose is to listen, to learn, and to recommend by asking questions such as: “What went right? What went wrong? How can Canadians and our governments better react to national crises in the future in a manner that balances the interests of all members of our society?”
Testimonials have also been provided to the Inquiry in Truro, Toronto, Winnipeg and Saskatoon, and Red Deer.. Examples include funeral directors who refused to keep family members separated from their loved ones despite government limits on attendance; health and safety professionals who watched every rule of workplace safety get decimated by employers; and police officers who refused to implement martial law when politicians called for it.
Further hearings are being scheduled for Victoria, Vancouver, Quebec, and Ottawa. The hearings (from 9 am to 5 pm local time in each city) will be broadcast live on the National Citizens’ Inquiry website.