The federal government is considering invoking sweeping powers to save us from ourselves. How disappointing.

Aaron Wherry · CBC News · Posted: Mar 23, 2020 6:10 PM ET

“Enough is enough,” he said, citing a spate of reports over the weekend that many Canadians are still congregating and communing beyond their immediate households, despite loud and repeated warnings about the danger of spreading COVID-19.

“Go home. And stay home. This is what we all need to be doing. And we’re going to make sure this happens — whether by educating people more on the risks, or by enforcing the rules, if that’s needed.”

In that moment, Justin Trudeau sounded like a dad trying to drive on a very busy highway while glancing in the rearview at the kids in the backseat acting up: Don’t make me come back there.

Old enough to know better

But kids are kids, and most of the people Trudeau was talking about — the ones flouting the guidelines in place to keep this pandemic from becoming much, much worse — are of voting age.

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