Gov’ts should not use fear as COVID response: Canadian emergency management leader

“Fear here is a very powerful tool and should never have been used, it’s never to be used in emergency,” said the former head of Alberta Emergency Management, Lt. Colonel David Redman, during an online seminar hosted by The Canada Strong and Free Network on April 21.

“I’ll give you one short anecdote. I was a colonel in the middle of a war zone with a battalion. If every morning I walked out in front of my troops and said, ‘I think we’re going to be overwhelmed, I don’t think we can handle the enemy, I really think they’re going to kill us all today,’ or I walked out of my hut every morning to look at the troops saying, ‘We got this let’s go,’ what do you think the two reactions are from my soldiers?” asked Redman.