All candidates of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 before the provincial election due to take place by June 2022.
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This is what Premier Doug Ford said on Wednesday about his political formation, when the vaccine passport entered into force in his province, 21 days after Quebec.
“All of our candidates are going to be vaccinated, otherwise they just won’t run for our party, it’s that simple,” Ford said during a media briefing at Queen’s Park.
Like what he does not laugh with the vaccination, Doug Ford had expelled from his caucus the deputy Rick Nicholls, representative of Chatham-Kent-Leamington, last August, because the latter refused to be inoculated against COVID-19. Mr. Ford then indicated that MPs must lead by example. Another of her deputies, Chirstina Mitas, for her part, provided a medical reason justifying the fact that she was not vaccinated.
“I can’t be here preaching that people get vaccinated and our own team is not vaccinated. So, for the moment, every candidate who is running for the Ontario Conservative Party has been vaccinated or will be vaccinated, or he will not be able to wear our colors, ”added Mr. Ford, who was initially hesitant. to implement a vaccination passport.
The New Democratic Party of Ontario, which forms the official opposition in Queen’s Park, also intends to require its candidates to be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.
The provincial election in Ontario is due to be held on or before June 2.
So far in Ontario, 85.31% of those aged 12 and over have received one dose and 79.39% two doses, according to the public health of the most populous province in the country. In Quebec, which should also be the scene of provincial elections next year, 88% of those aged 12 and over received a first dose and 83% two doses.