Conservative MP Lesleyn Lewis is getting enactment from immoderate Conservative Party insiders arsenic she challenged the national government’s announcement of a roadmap for providing a COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11 children.
Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are lone disposable for children 12 and older. Earlier this month, Pfizer asked Health Canada to o.k. its vaccine for children betwixt the ages of 5 and 11.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said connected Oct. 21 that the vaccine volition lone beryllium made disposable to children erstwhile Health Canada has gone done each support processes and the vaccine is proved to beryllium safe. He added that Ottawa has worked with Pfizer to marque millions of doses disposable for children soon aft it’s been approved, “enough to get each kids … betwixt 5 and 11 vaccinated arsenic rapidly arsenic possible.”
“Never person Canadian children been utilized arsenic shields for adults,” Lewis said successful absorption to Trudeau’s comments.
“Parents question vaccinating kids 5-12 without semipermanent data, a debased hazard of fatality, & cautions echoed astir the world, erstwhile the attraction neither prevents transmitting oregon getting the virus,” she wrote connected Twitter.
Never person Canadian children been utilized arsenic shields for adults. Parents question vaccinating kids 5-12 without semipermanent data, a debased hazard of fatality, & cautions echoed astir the world, erstwhile the attraction neither prevents transmitting oregon getting the virus. https://t.co/GwQWy7NRd1
— Dr. Leslyn Lewis (@LeslynLewis) October 22, 2021
Lewis’s remark drew disapproval from members of the Liberal Party and others.
“Vaccines are harmless and effective. They’re however we extremity this pandemic. And yet Erin O’toole’s [sic] Conservatives proceed to dispersed misinformation portion galore of their ain caucus members garbage to get vaccinated,” Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell wrote connected Twitter.
“It turns retired that we don’t request to elite PPC [People’s Party of Canada] candidates for this unsafe nonsense to beryllium represented successful the House of Commons,” Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith tweeted.
Former Conservative MP and furniture curate Stockwell Day came to Lewis’s defence.
“Hope? History repeating? A achromatic pistillate letting a bulk achromatic antheral powerfulness operation cognize that she won’t beryllium told wherever to beryllium connected Covid issues. As she volition present statesman to look a relentless, media generated hellhole of scorn volition determination beryllium a antheral (or woman) who stands with her?” Day wrote connected Twitter.
Conservative MP Dean Allison besides spoke retired Lewis’s defence.
“I volition not enactment soundless either, Leslyn. I basal with you,” helium tweeted.
I volition not enactment soundless either, Leslyn. I basal with you. https://t.co/rU0XJeunJb
— Dean Allison (@DeanAllisonMP) October 23, 2021
Conservatives and Vaccine Mandates
Among the latest improvement successful the Conservatives’ presumption connected COVID-19 vaccine mandates is their stance connected mandatory vaccination argumentation for MPs.
On Oct. 20, Tory whip Blake Richards protested a determination by the House of Commons’ governing assemblage that each MPs request to beryllium vaccinated to entree the parliamentary precinct, with exemptions lone offered to those with valid aesculapian reasons. The decision was announced connected Oct. 19 by the Board of Internal Economy (BOIE), the governing assemblage of the House of Commons.
“While we promote everyone who tin beryllium vaccinated to get vaccinated, we cannot hold to 7 MPs, gathering successful secret, deciding which of the 338 MPs, conscionable elected by Canadians, tin participate the House of Commons to correspond their constituents,” Richards said successful a statement.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole appeared to contradict that position in an interview with TVO’s Steve Paikin that was aired connected Oct. 20, saying his enactment volition respect the determination made by the BOIE, portion expressing interest astir part successful nine and those losing their jobs if they don’t get vaccinated.
O’Toole aboriginal seemed to backtrack his stance connected the policy, saying it “infringes” connected parliamentarians’ rights.
“While we respect that the [BOIE] has the jurisdiction to negociate the parliamentary precinct, we bash not judge that the BOIE has the jurisdiction to infringe connected a Member’s close to instrumentality their spot successful the House of Commons,” O’Toole’s spokesperson said successful a connection connected Oct. 22, according to the National Post.
Conservative MP Michael Chong told CTV connected Oct. 9 that the enactment is evaluating the government’s mandatory vaccine argumentation earlier taking a presumption connected the issue.
The authorities announced on Oct. 6 that it volition marque COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for employees of halfway nationalist services, on with aerial and obstruction workers and travellers, by Oct. 29.
Conservative MP Mark Strahl said connected Oct. 8 that the vaccine mandate is “is discriminatory, coercive and indispensable beryllium opposed.”
“We indispensable proceed to request tenable exemptions and accommodations, similar accelerated testing, for those incapable oregon unwilling to beryllium vaccinated,” helium said connected Twitter.
Andrew Chen is an Epoch Times newsman based successful Toronto.