Leader of Canada’s Opposition calls for an end to discriminatory COVID-19 vaccine mandates; Pierre Poilievre rightfully notes that the fastest way to get more doctors and nurses is to end
by Paul Alexander
discriminatory vaccine mandates; “end all the discriminatory vaccine mandates blocking them from doing their jobs, so they can work again.” I sleep with one eye open as to Pierre; will take it though
‘The London Free Press (LFP) recently published an article detailing the tribulations of a pregnant nurse who faces termination over a lingering workplace COVID-19 vaccine policy. The headline asks: Why are COVID vaccines still mandatory?
Opposition Leader Pierre Poilievre retweeted the article stating that the fastest way to get more doctors and nurses is to “end all the discriminatory vaccine mandates blocking them from doing their jobs, so they can work again.”
“A London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) nurse set to be fired this week has made a rare public appeal to the hospital’s top boss to save her job,” the article says.
Sandra Hartman appealed to the chief executive of the LHSC, Jackie Schleifer Taylor – whose predecessor Paul Woods was fired after ignoring COVID-19 related travel restrictions throughout 2020 and 2021.
“I think she would have the authority to change it,” Hartman is quoted as saying.
Taylor announced the mandate on August 31, 2021 that would extend to “physicians, staff, volunteers, learners, contractors and cross-appointed personnel.” It was said that the vaccine mandate would “build on our other protective measures like mandatory education and testing.”
Hartman’s plea echoes the sentiments of hundreds of ousted healthcare workers across the province of Ontario who last gathered in January 2023 in hopes of garnering mainstream media attention to the injustice faced not only by them, but the patients who are suffering amid extreme staff shortages.
Ontario’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, rescinded Directive 6 – a government sanctioned health directive stipulating COVID-19 vaccine mandates for healthcare workers – in March of 2022. However, it is said that the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) has continued to pressure hospitals to keep this outdated policy in place.
As part of their 2023/24 strategic plan, the OHA says that it will “ensure that our organization and culture remain inclusive, modern and relevant.”
Many argue that continued COVID-19 vaccine mandates are the opposite of inclusive, modern and/or relevant.’