How on earth did that ever happen? As this story was breaking this week, my reaction was "duh, what did you expect?" I remember Bob Rae going on the Soloman Show, looking into the camera with the cold glare of the grim reaper himself, and proclaiming that many Canadians were going to die from pig flu and that it would be the Government's fault. Everyone was pilling on, saying more needed to be done; then right around the time the Vancouver Sun ran the giant headline declaring "IT'S ABOUT TO GET A LOT WORSE", the pig flu seemed to vanish from the news cycle. The opposition was ringing Hell's Bells proclaiming this an inevitable catastrophe, so is it any wonder that we diverted too many resources into what was never the threat that Bobby predicted?
I fully confess that I was skeptical of Minister Aggluklak's appointment to the health portfolio; because I thought it was too big a file for the first time parliamentarian from the sparsely populated Nunavut. But her handling of the H1N1 file was very impressive and her performance has won me over to her fan club. She defeated the swine flu. What has Bob Rae ever done for Canada?