Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau highlights recent ‘anti-vaxxer rallies’ outside Canadian health facilities.
Justin Trudeau has promised that if he is re-elected, his party will suppress protests outside health care facilities, as demonstrations expressing the coronavirus-related public health measures have taken place outside hospitals in recent weeks.
Trudeau, whose Liberal Party is currently in a tough federal election race the conservatives, said on Monday that the Liberals would make it a crime to block access to any building that provides health services, such as hospitals, test centers, pharmacies and abortion clinics.
The party will also make it an offense to intimidate or threaten any healthcare worker doing their job and any patient receiving care.
“I have been deeply upset over the past few weeks about meetings against the vaxxer outside hospitals and health care sites,” Trudeau said. statement.
‘These people are intimidating our heroes in healthcare and endangering the Canadians who seek healthcare. I will not accept it. That is why we are going to take strong action to ensure that everyone has access to the necessary care and keeps our health workers in the front line safe. ”
A series of rallies are expected to take place outside health facilities in Canada on Monday to denounce efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including vaccine mandates, CBC News reported.
There is no place for intimidation or threats in our hospitals and clinics. Therefore, we will make it a violation to block access to any building that provides health services. We will also make it an offense to intimidate / threaten any health worker or anyone seeking treatment.
– Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 13 September 2021
CBC said the protests were organized by a group called Canadian Frontline Nurses, “founded by two nurses in Ontario who promoted conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and attended events in the US for those who think the pandemic is ‘fraudulent’ .
A group of protesters gathered outside Toronto General Hospital, one of the busiest in the city, Canadian media on Monday afternoon reported.
The protests come amid increasing anger at Trudeau for his government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and support for COVID-19 public health restrictions, such as vaccine passports and mandatory vaccinations for government officials.
Outraged right-wing protesters targeted Trudeau on the campaign, often shouting epithets and holding up signs denouncing his coronavirus policy.
The gatherings outside hospitals and other health facilities have been condemned by politicians across the political spectrum in Canada, as well as by health experts.
On Sunday, the unions representing nurses and doctors from Ontario condemned the scheduled protests, saying it “makes it difficult for patients and health workers to get in and out of hospitals where they receive work or care.”
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) also called for ‘safe areas’ around hospitals and other health facilities.
“We respect democracy and the rights of people to protest, but it should not be held anywhere where they block access to and exit from healthcare facilities, especially access for emergency vehicles or patients seeking first aid,” the groups said. statement.
The Liberals currently have a slim lead over the Conservative Party – 31.9 percent to 31.3 percent – ahead of the vote on September 20, according to CBC’s Poll Tracker, and they can retain a minority government.