A planned announcement by Premier Doug Ford on a provincial vaccine certificate has been delayed.
Sources at Queen’s Park said the vaccine passport – which would limit access to certain non-essential services based on vaccination status – still needed to be presented to cabinet for discussion before an announcement is made.
An introduction of a mandated, province-wide vaccine certificate system would be a major u-turn for Doug Ford, who has publicly rejected the idea and said it would create a “split society.”
I will be boycotting any business who will be implementing a vaccine passport.
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His government has stated repeatedly that a vaccine receipt is enough proof for those that need it when required.
However, Peel Region’s Medical Officer of Health and the Mayor of Mississauga are among those who have called for proof of vaccination, and are now exploring the idea of creating their own regional COVID-19 vaccine certificates if the Ford government doesn’t step up with a vaccine passport.
Even Justin Trudeau called out the Premier during a press conference last week, saying he should “step up” and enforce a proof-of-vaccination policy.
“I certainly hope that here in Ontario, Premier Ford steps up, too,” Trudeau said. “It’s time for him to listen to public health officials.”
Considering the Ford government were determined to make an announcement today and have suddenly cancelled, this could mean good things on the horizon.
Vaccine passports are a dangerous precedent to introduce into Canadian society, and our hope is that this last-minute cancellation from the provincial government means Ford will hold strong and refrain from introducing them.
If you support Elect Conservatives and disagree with the introduction of vaccine passports, you can call the Premier’s office today at (416)-325-1941. They are currently taking calls and counting the complaint volumes. Please be polite, firm, and make your voice heard!
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