“The millions of Ontarians who did the right thing and got a vaccine deserve a certificate (passport) program that will help us return to normal life.” – Ontario Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath
News from Ontario’s NDP Official Opposition Party
Posted August 10th on Niagara At Large
Ontario, Canada – Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP support vaccine certificates — and say that the stubborn rise in COVID cases shows that a certificate program can’t wait.
“Doug Ford must follow the advice of the Science Table and bring in an Ontario Vaccine Certificate program. His choice to do nothing is harmful to public health, hurts our economic recovery and is a confusing burden for people and local businesses,” said Horwath.
“The millions of Ontarians who did the right thing and got a vaccine deserve a certificate program that will help us return to normal life.”
Taras Natyshak, the NDP critic for Job Creation and Economic Recovery, said small businesses need certificates to keep them safe and operating.
“Asking every individual business to design a different system for themselves with no provincial guidance is a mess, and it’s already been a horrible burden for people and businesses,” said Natyshak.
“Local businesses have been through enough — now Ford is asking them each to create a system on their own to try to keep COVID at bay and keep themselves, their workers and their customers safe. Ford’s showing again that he’s no friend to small businesses and working folks, and that he just doesn’t want to invest in public health.”
NDP Health critic France Gélinas said certificates are critical to keep people healthy.
“The government has to do more to help every eligible Ontarian overcome systemic barriers and get vaccinated, and to take measures now to stop the spread,” said Gélinas.
“Designing a vaccine certificate program comes with some challenges, but Doug Ford’s choice to do nothing presents big problems for public health and conquering COVID-19. Certificates are one of the temporary public health measures we need to end this nightmare.”
A Brief Footnote from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large –
Good for Ontario’s NDP for taking this position as are a growing number of business groups across the province, by the way.
The Conservative government of Doug Ford says no because it does not want to turn off the lunatic fraction of its right-wing base who do not want to get vaccinated. The rest of us, I would argue, would rather not sit next to these anti-vaxxers in a theatre or stand behind them in a check-out line at a grocery store.
Bring on the vaccine passports and let the lunatic fringe stay home if they don’t want to get vaccinated.
Let’s stand up for the rights of people who have cared enough about the common good to do the right thing, for a change. To hell with the misplaced rights rhetoric being blown out there through the social media from the reckless and irresponsible
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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