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EDITORIAL: Cheers and Jeers, July 6

The Confederation Bridge connects Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick.
The Confederation Bridge connects Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick. — SaltWire File Photo

Our take on matters like chips and cheese at the bridge to P.E.I., and a pickle for Newfoundland and Labrador Liberals

Cheers: to freebies.

So, people crossing the Confederation Bridge into Prince Edward Island were greeted with free small bags of potato chips and cheddar cheese, among other things, as they reached the P.E.I. side.

Call it island hos-spud-tality, if you wish.

That got us to thinking about what should be waiting for strangers as they came off the ferry at Port aux Basques.

Maybe a brilliant red bag of Purity hardbread (plus cooking instructions, so no one breaks a tooth trying to take a bite)? Peppermint knobs? A plastic shopping bag of fresh, wriggling caplin? A ready-to-heat and ready-to-eat Tupperware container of boiled dinner? The mind boggles.

Cheers: to good planning.

The St. John’s International Airport Authority ushered in the new Atlantic Bubble travel plan with a few new rules of its own: starting Friday, everyone using the terminal building has to wear a mask.

And that’s not all: be ready to wave goodbye or hello to your loved ones from the sidewalk — only passengers and airport staff are allowed inside the terminal building, a move being undertaken to maintain as much physical distancing as possible.

It’s common sense in uncommon times. Given that Atlantic provinces are still seeing occasional COVID-19 cases crop up on essential travel into our region, it’s an excellent idea to give everyone the opportunity to maintain a wide berth.

Take it seriously, please.

Jeers: to rearguard actions.

So, the provincial Liberal leadership campaign has found itself in a tidy little pickle.

Until the signup date for the Liberal leadership went by, all you had to do is sign up, make a small donation, and you get to have a say over who the next premier will be. (The winner of the leadership campaign takes over the role, handily without having to have a provincial election first.)

Plenty of people did just that. Now, apparently, the Liberals are using robocalls to try and establish if the Liberals that have recently added themselves to the voting list are actually Liberals at all, and also plan to start dropping people who don’t appear to be real Liberals.

Oh, goodness…

Jeers: to a failure to understand the basic concepts of virus transmission.

On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump was going to Mount Rushmore for a pre-Fourth of July event.

Here’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem talking about COVID-19 precautions on Fox News: “We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks if they choose to wear one. But we won’t be social distancing.”

Yep, nothing stops the possibility of infection quite like partisan political bluster.

Will be interesting to see what the infection numbers look like in South Dakota in a few weeks.


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