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Wpg Free Press: Premier scolded for urging tattle-tales

March 23, 2020 — 

As the Winnipeg Free Press reports: 

Premier Brian Pallister is being chastised for encouraging Manitobans to publicly shame people, groups and businesses that don’t adhere to a social distancing order….

University of Manitoba ethics Prof. Neil McArthur said it’s the government’s job to protect public safety and they shouldn’t be offloading that responsibility to the public in a “random vigilante way.”

“Even though we were ahead of this and they had the opportunity, they still left businesses like bars and restaurants open. What they’ve done is shown a shocking lack of political leadership. And then they’ve compounded that, or at least Pallister has compounded that, by expecting the public to somehow make up for their own failures in a way that I think is really irresponsible,” McArthur said.

“To call on people to use the internet in this way just plays on some of the worst instincts that people have shown when it comes to internet use.”

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