So they sent some body bags up to Northern Manitoba. Body bags that were a part of a “flu kit” of some sort, that included (besides the body bags) face masks, gloves, hand lotion, etc. First Nations had been screaming for hand lotion for months now, they finally got it, but all they mentioned on the news were the body bags. Body bags this, body bags that. Insulting. Whatever.
Look. The H1N1 flu is deadly. Numerous people have died over the past 6 months, including first nations. It is very prudent to send up medicine, barrier clothing and, indeed, body bags, should the person die of H1N1. The body bag is there to protect the rest of the population. It is not insulting, it is a part of the kit. Once again, the media, by focusing on the body bags and not even mentioning the rest of the kit, gave the Canadian people a deliberately false impression that the government sent body bags instead of “real h1n1 flu packages” as one commenter on the CTV website puts it.
It is not like they asked for a kit with masks and lotion, and received body bags instead. The body bags are a part of the kit. This is a pandemic-containment measure. The pandemic containment strategy goes from the most minute (hand lotion) to the most extreme (death – containment of infected deceased).
Of course, having nothing else going his way, Iggy jumped on the band wagon and blamed the government for such an insensitive act. I suppose we didn’t ship any body bags to Afghanistan either, as to not to insult the armed forces. Maybe we shouldn’t have any coroners either…
And, had we not send any body bags up there, and people had died, the government would be blamed for not caring for the First Nations. So we can never win.
Better safe than sorry, I’d say.