Tory candidate says she ‘misspoke’ in opposing vaccine passports

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Conservative candidate Rosemary Falk says she was wrong when she told an interviewer that her party does not support vaccine passports for entry or departure into Canada.

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He made the comment during an interview with Kurt Price, the community liaison for a Nissan car dealership in Lloydminister, Alta., as he detailed the Conservative Party’s policies on vaccines. The interview was flagged in Granthshala News by a source in the Liberal Party’s election campaign.

Falk began her reply by saying that she “does not support compulsory vaccination,” despite the fact that no level of government is adhering to such a policy – ​​instead, many people are engaged in certain non-essential activities. Or choose to restrict access to locations. remain uninfected.

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“Even with the vaccine passport. We do not support vaccine passports, you know, for coming to Canada or leaving Canada,” Falk said.

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In an emailed statement to Granthshala News, she clarified that she made “false bidding” during the interview.

“During the interview, I misjudged and I want to clarify my position,” Falk said.

“To be clear, I believe that international travelers entering Canada should be required to show proof of vaccination, and I believe that Canadians should be required to submit their vaccinations to determine quarantine requirements. There should be a need to confirm the status of the

During the interview, Falk also said that O’Toole will “work with Health Canada” to ensure Canadians have what they need should they wish to travel to another country that requires proof of vaccination. is required.

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O’Toole shared the pledge with Canadians during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, BC, in early September. He said he would work with the provinces to design a national proof-of-vaccination system, adding that such a setup would help Canadians when traveling internationally.

“We have introduced a number of measures that the federal government can use to do our part. The provinces have multiple systems of proof of vaccination, QR codes, vaccine passports,” he said at the time.

“We will respect what the provinces are doing, partner with them to make sure we have access to foreign travel by Canadians.”

The Conservative leader also said he wants 90 percent of eligible residents to be vaccinated against COVID-19 – and staff to get a shot, free transportation to vaccine clinics and a national booster shot strategy. promised to cover the cost of the time. Initially target seniors and immunocompromised people.

However, his promise has faced criticism from his political opponents.

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“Erin O’Toole just said that he hopes he will be able to vaccinate 90 percent of Canadians in the coming months. He can’t even get 90 percent of his candidates vaccinated, come on,” Liberal leader Justin Trudeau told 7 Said in September’s campaign stop.

It is not clear how many Conservative candidates have been vaccinated because the party has not released those numbers.

Trudeau has said Ottawa will certify the provincial vaccine passport to work at the national level – but it could take a year to build a full federal program.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has also called for a national system and criticized Trudeau for not implementing one soon.

Vaccine documentation is not a new concept when it comes to international travel. Yellow fever vaccine is required for anyone traveling to countries such as Venezuela, Congo and Panama.

In most Canadian provinces, except for medical or philosophical exemptions, schools will also require a child’s vaccination record before they are allowed to attend classes.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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