Who goes first? Anxiety over vaccine timing puts Trudeau government on the spot

COVID-19 Vaccine

Canadians may have to accept they won’t be first in line – but that doesn’t mean they’ll be happy about it.

The hope offered by glowing reports on the leading vaccine candidates has given way to questions about when exactly Canada will receive its first shipment of a vaccine, and how close to the front of the line Canada might be among the 195 countries of the world.

Those questions represent significant risks for the Liberal government – even if Canadians ultimately have to accept that they can’t necessarily expect to go first.

The impetus for the Official Opposition’s questions on Tuesday was the prime minister’s acknowledgement that other countries will be able to start vaccinating their citizens before Canada.

Specifically, Trudeau suggested that the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany might get the first vaccines. In each of those countries, it has been suggested that vaccinations could start in December.

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Colette Linden is a graduate of the three-year Broadcast Journalism and Communications Media program from Mohawk College before heading to McMaster University to obtain her degree in Public Relations. In addition, Colette has a certificate in Writing for Publication and a certificate of Competency in the French Language, . A recent resident of Sault Ste Marie, this Hamilton native gained experience working at TSN, the Ontario Medical Association and spent 14-years with the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) as the Communications Manager. A Mother of two amazing boys, Connor & Dante, Colette is a die-hard sports fan with a passion for government affairs and hopes to one day represent this City on Council. Focusing on Politics, Indigenous Affairs and Local News, Colette also reports the latest in Sports both locally and professionally. Colette joined the Superior Media Team in September of 2019 and is thankful to finish out her career with such a family-oriented and community-oriented team.


  1. Trudeau will just have to go in the next election…its time for a change. It’s time to elect someone who can be honest with the people. OUR PM has accumulated too many skeletons in the closet to continue to head up this country. The problem is that neither of the other mainline parties seems to have a leader that can do any better.

    • Not so sure about that. After sitting in on town hall meetings with the leaders of each party, I was pleasantly surprised by Erin O’Toole. He didn’t seem like your typical conservative and would most definitely have my vote.

      • Hi Jenn. I’m a CP member and I put O’Toole as my second choice. I think he’d be a great leader. I was hoping for Leslyn Lewis , but she did well, considering she has no political experience; Peter McKay edged her out in the second round. However, she is running for office, and if we are likely enough to unseat the liberals, she would make a great cabinet minister with her balanced ideas and her education. She impressed a lot of people. Problem: 905 will have to be disgusted enough with Trudeau for him to go – they are his “cashcow” of votes. Another problem is the NDP constantly propping him up when Trudeau wants to pass anything. I try not to be overly irritated by the fact that a leader with so few seats in the house gets to be “kingmaker”, but that’s the way it’s worked out – Trudeau may as well have a majority. Best…

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