Conservative Leader, Erin O’Toole, has said that he now expects candidates for the CPC, who choose not to get a vaccine, to test themselves daily with rapid kits instead.
Unlike the Liberals and NDP that required candidates to be fully vaccinated with the two doses of protection against COVID-19 before hitting the doorstep, the conservatives will not make it a rule.
“I’ve said that I expect my team to follow all the public health measures in this Justin Trudeau-fourth wave pandemic. That includes expectations with respect to vaccines, or an expectation to daily rapid testing if someone is not vaccinated,” he said at campaign stop in Quebec City.
And there you have it, straight from the horse’s mouth. After months of saying no to mandatory vaccines, he flip flopped 48 hours out from an election of his doing. This makes it abundantly clear that it was about politics, not public health. #cdnpoli #elxn44 pic.twitter.com/Gqb0RrjsKx
— Senator Leo Housakos (@SenatorHousakos) August 15, 2021
He repeated he believes in a “reasonable” and “balanced” approach that protects Canadians while also respecting their ability to make personal health decisions.
O’Toole travelled to Quebec after attending his first in-person rally with Conservative supporters in Richmond Hill in the Greater Toronto Area, where the party is hoping to gain ground.
His comments also follow a party directive sent to all candidates that outlined the importance of getting vaccinated and the expectation that anyone campaigning for the party who is not vaccinated pass a daily rapid test.
No matter which right-of-centre party you support, there is no doubt that this is the right approach from O’Toole.
The real question Canadians must ask themselves this election is, “Do we want to live in a country where the government dictate what medication you must put into your body?”.
If you believe the answer to this question is “no”, O’Toole may have risen in your candidate rankings.
The CPC now join the People’s Party of Canada in opposing mandatory vaccinations for those wishing to work in federal politics – a move that will be wildly supported by conservatives across the country, and is certainly supported by Elect Conservatives.
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