By: Greg Staley
Written On: 2021-08-23
Many have been seeking to understand the Conservative parties position on vaccine passports and mandates especially after the Conservative party removed Jonas Smith for speaking out on these issues. Alexa Lavoie, a reporter for Rebel News was able to get an answer and it likely won’t make you feel any better about the Conservative leaders position on the topic.
Q: Lavoie: “Do you think the vaccination passport should have an end date?
A: O’Toole: “This is a question for the provinces. Here (Quebec) the vaccine passport is the same as in Manitoba but it is different in Ontario. I will always respect the areas of jurisdiction and the programs but for me you have to deliver the vaccines, the rapid tests and have an approach for outbound travel.”
Q: Lavoie: “What do you think about the fact that they are asking for two doses of vaccines for planes and trains?”
A: O’Toole: “No, like I said vaccines are very important but it is also possible to have daily screening tests for some situations, for people who are not vaccinated.”
So the Conservative plan is to let the provinces decide if they want to implement a vaccine passport/mandate? Under section 6 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it says that Canadians have the right to move to and take up residence in any province and that they have the right to pursue a livelihood in any province. The question to ask yourself is how will these rights be affected by a province’s decision to mandate a vaccine passport? Will job prospects be affected by this?
At the end of the day actions speak louder than words and O’Toole’s actions say that he doesn’t respect those that oppose vaccine mandates and passports – like Jonas Smith. Perhaps O’Toole is smart enough to not explicitly come out and say that the federal government will implement these things, but standing idly by as provinces implement them is simply a cop-out. In my opinion, O’Toole would likely allow provinces to take the charge and his government would sit idly by. I still wouldn’t put it past the Conservative leader to win the election and then flip-flop and mandate vaccine passports federally – but that’s just me.
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