A divided population is a population which can be controlled. While different factions of citizens are busy fighting among each other, an unchecked state can continue to infringe on the rights of the whole while nobody notices.
Notice in the video below how a health minister parses up restrictions between rural and urban populations. We also see regulations from Ottawa which pick and choose among provinces and regions. What this all does is keep us confused and at each other's throats while the central governments increase their controls upon citizens.
Our government did not invent this pandemic but they are not above using it as an opportunity to make changes to their own benefit. We are seeing that right now.