By: Greg Staley
Written On 2021-07-26
Steven Del Duca, the leader of the Ontario Liberal party put out a release today that says the Ontario Liberals will mandate vaccines for “any frontline worker in healthcare or education” and that we “need a secure and accessible tool to provide proof of vaccination” to “help businesses and organizations develop fair policies should they require clients to be vaccinated.”
The release comes as an election is dawning on the horizon for Canadians. Steven Del Duca said in his statement that “We have all sacrificed so much during this pandemic, and now we need a plan to prevent a fourth wave and keep Ontario open.” The leader of the Ontario Liberal party said that he would “require mandatory vaccination for any frontline worker in healthcare or education” but made the distinction that this would be done while “ensuring the mandate adheres to the Ontario Human Rights Code.”
“This is about protecting our most vulnerable, keeping schools open, and keeping our economy open,” the release says. “It’s important that we continue educational efforts, working with workers, employers and unions to help communities – particularly racialized communities struggling to increase vaccination rates – overcome vaccine hesitancy, and not simply give up on protecting them from COVID-19.”
The leader of the Ontario Liberal party says that he does not believe that employees should lose their jobs for choosing to not get vaccinated. “We need to show leadership and focus on overcoming vaccine hesitancy, which punitive firings would do nothing to support.” The Irony of this statement from Del Duca is that in the very next sentence of his release, he argues that “we need a secure and accessible tool to provide proof of vaccination.” According to Del Duca, “This would help businesses and organizations develop fair policies should they require clients to be vaccinated, making us all safer as we continue to enjoy the re-opening.” What better way to help with vaccine hesitancy than to help provide the system that will be used to cut off those who choose to be unvaccinated from access to normal services – am I right?
When you read between the lines of what the Ontario Liberal party leader is saying you realize that he is essentially calling for a vaccine passport. He wants a system that is “secure and accessible” to provide proof of vaccination – but only in case businesses should require it. Imagine living in a society where we allow businesses to openly discriminate against Ontarians for their personal decision to deny a Covid vaccine that is currently still only approved under an interim order in Canada. You don’t need to imagine – just vote for Del Duca and you’ll have a “show me your papers” society in no time!
You can see Del Duca’s disregard for those that have chosen to forgo the Covid vaccine later in the release when he says that the “Ontario Liberals are the only party putting in the work to plan for a safe and permanent reopening that rewards those who made the responsible decision to get their vaccine.”
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