Erin O’Toole sidesteps questions about Conservative party’s non-disclosure on vaccinations

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Federal Conservative leader Erin O’Toole says the Tories are running a safe campaign during a pandemic, but he declined to elaborate on the party’s refusal to release information about the candidates’ vaccination status. Huh.

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During a news conference Saturday in the Hamilton-area district of Flamborough, Ont., Mr. O’Toole faced a series of questions about why the vast majority of Conservative candidates are not disclosing whether or not they have been vaccinated.

But Mr O’Toole shrugged off those questions and instead spoke generally about the party’s approach to campaigning in a pandemic, including rapid testing, masking, social distancing and adhering to local health regulations. commitment is included.


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“There’s something interesting here,” he said. “We have followed [the rules]”

“We’ve run the safest operation,” Mr. O’Toole said without elaborating.

The Conservative leader is the only leader of a major federal party not to disclose the vaccination status of its candidates.

Asked why Canadians should trust Mr. O’Toole’s commitment to appoint a fully vaccinated health minister if the Conservatives form the government, while he does not plan to ask the candidates if They have been vaccinated, Mr O’Toole talking about the value of vaccines, past liberal interest in partnering with China on vaccines and conservative commitments to ensure Canada is prepared for a pandemic.

The NDP and Bloc Québécois say their candidates have been vaccinated and the liberals say that everyone except one of their candidates has been vaccinated – someone is given a medical exemption.

Contacted all Conservative candidates who had publicly listed e-mail addresses and asked the party for the vaccination status of candidates who did not have public e-mail addresses. The party did not respond.

Of the party’s 336 candidates, 49 (15 per cent) said they had been fully vaccinated. The rest did not respond to The Granthshala.

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The Conservative leader is expected to spend the last day of campaigning in southwestern Ontario riding. On Saturday, events were planned in three ridings: two organized by Liberals and one with Conservative functionaries. He was about to end the day with a rally in Kitchener.

In prepared remarks in Flameborough, he delivered a message that has dominated recent Conservative campaigning, condemning Liberal leader Justin Trudeau for calling an election during a pandemic and accusing liberals of a lack of vision. “Justin Trudeau has no vision for Canada other than to be his chief,” he said.

Mr. O’Toole said the only way to defeat Mr Trudeau is to vote for the Conservatives.

Canadians head to the polls on Monday, although many have already voted in advance elections or via mail-in ballots.

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