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Lockdown hurts Canadians’ mental health, says outgoing MP David Sweet

Canada’s COVID-19 lockdown measures are one of the major human rights issues facing the country, leaving Conservative MP David Sweet, who has been a outspoken rights advocate During the 15 years he has been in office.

in that Farewell speech in Parliament on 15th June, Sweet said he chose not to run for the next election because he is battling “mental health jaundice”, which he attributed to traumatic experiences in his life and hearing “the worst stories of human suffering”. While serving on the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee.

He also noted that “drastic lockdowns” aimed at halting the spread of the virus have had a detrimental effect on the mental health of Canadians, possibly including their own.

“There were other tools they could have used instead of a widespread, widespread lockdown,” Sweet said in an interview.

“I don’t speak only with my voice, I only echo PhDs, doctors, health care professionals, physicians and researchers,” he said, adding that the Great Barrington Declaration was signed by thousands of scientists and medical practitioners. The world is saying that lockdown does more harm than good.

“Unfortunately, the provincial governments and the federal government did not listen to them, and preferred to use a wider, wider lockdown, which had a profound effect on people’s mental health… [and] Hundreds of thousands have caused delayed surgery.”

Sweet said a misstep by the federal government at the start of the pandemic was to “shut down operations inside federal institutions to respond to a pandemic”.

“So we did not have the usual stock of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) etc., so we had to depend on faulty PPE. Coming from People’s Republic of China,” he told.

“One of the biggest, most disturbing things about this pandemic is being politicized and a lot of mistakes made,” he said.

As for the origin of the outbreak, claims that the novel coronavirus may have leaked from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology contradict the theory that the virus originated from a wet market in Wuhan.

Sweet says the lack of cooperation from the Chinese Communist Party, as well as the pressure to stick to the current narrative and even accusations of racism, pose some of the challenges to discovering the true source of the outbreak.

“I don’t even know if we’ll get to the bottom of it because a lot of people have tried to draw the racism card when we try to investigate what really happened in Wuhan, and that’s problematic.”

‘A rich gift’

With regard to international human rights work, Sweet made two suggestions to his colleagues in the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights. One is to seek good sources in its investigation of rights abuses to ensure that “oppressors cannot question their evidence,” and the other is to avoid politicizing human rights.

He said of his colleagues on the committee, “There are always partisan arguments, there is always debate about policy … but rarely do we disagree in a partisan fashion because we understand that people’s lives are at stake. “

In his farewell speech, Sweet urged lawmakers to constantly keep in mind their responsibility to preserve Canada’s democratic institutions as elected officials.

“We are blessed to live in a country where voters determine the outcome of an election, not the right of individual political parties to set up lists for voters or the regime of rogue elites that tell voters how to vote. It is a rich gift that has been carefully preserved by past generations. It has been fought for the blood of Canada in past conflicts,” he said.

“Whatever the members of the party in this House, their personal responsibility as a member is to protect this prestigious institution. … we do not protect this institution because we are privileged. We protect and protect this institution because this chamber is where important issues concerning individual Canadians are debated and resolved.”

Sweet also urged lawmakers to look after their mental health.

“We all need to be mindful of what our limits are and ensure that we get relief and help, before it becomes crippling,” he said. “That’s what I’m doing, and I encourage everyone who can hear my voice and need help to get it done and be tireless to get what they need. They don’t need to feel ashamed.” We all need help at some point or the other.”

Andrew Chen. with reporting by



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