2020 will be forever remembered as the year the world faced a global pandemic. Much like the Spanish flu pandemic a century earlier, it will be remembered long after we are gone. While the year has been difficult in a way none of us has experienced in our own lifetimes, we are fortunate to live in the most advanced era in human history. The effects of COVID-19 will be much less devastating than they might have been, were it not for the collective efforts of global public health experts and front-line healthcare professionals.
While COVID-19 will rightly be the dominant feature in any year-in-review piece for 2020, it is critical that it not be the only subject, particularly in a review focused on Canadian politics and written by an Alberta Member of Parliament.
When the first wave of COVID hit with force in mid-March, Albertans were already reeling from a combination of a weak oil market and incoherent government policy on energy. Those challenges persist today.