COVID-19 vaccines continue to dog Canada’s Conservative leader as he ticks off the election day clock for the vote in seat-heavy Ontario.
Erin O’Toole began her second final day of campaigning run by a farmers market without going inside to capitalize on one of her last opportunities to meet potential voters.
The decision reflects the party’s overall campaign strategy, which has relied more on O’Toole answering people’s questions through a virtual townhall at a broadcast studio in downtown Ottawa, as opposed to suppressing meat in local communities.
Speaking at a stop near Hamilton, Ont., O’Toole said he has met thousands more people this way and runs a safer campaign than the Liberal effort, in which leader Justin Trudeau appeared in crowded rooms and hospitals. give.
“I am proud of the campaign we are running,” he said. “I’m proud that I’m not a celebrity to take lightly like Mr. Trudeau.”
The Conservative leader faced new questions about his decision not to require vaccinations for his candidates and would not answer questions on Saturday about whether he knew how many shots he had received.
O’Toole has been vaccinated and is committed to appointing a health minister who has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but did not say whether he would ask candidates for their vaccination status. Would have been
“We have a rule that everyone who is campaigning for us, candidates, door-to-door people have to use the vaccine, and if someone is not fully vaccinated, they will be given a daily rapid Tests must be used and all public health guidelines in the provinces must be followed. They are in,” he said.
“We have said that from the beginning of the campaign and here is something interesting, we have followed it. We have followed the health rules throughout the campaign.”
O’Toole received support on Saturday from retired Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, who was at the center of a failed prosecution by the Liberal government in a politically heated case that ended his military career.
In a video clip shared by the Conservatives on social media, Norman says Canadians have an important decision about who should lead a country facing challenges at home and abroad.