Manitoba PC leadership contestants differ on vaccine mandates as deadline approaches – Winnipeg
Frontline public workers in Manitoba will soon need to be vaccinated or tested regularly for COVID-19, but the two candidates vying to become the next premier have very different views on the policy.
Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Heather Stefanson supports the province’s current public health orders.
“I certainly don’t want people to lose their jobs because of it, but I think that’s why there is a choice, so people can get vaccinated or get tested,” Stefanson told 680 CJOB Saturday.
However, a Winkler-area nursing home is bracing for a worst-case scenario of staff shortages.
Salem Home appealed to the families of the residents to potentially help with the facility should staff situation become an issue.
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Shared Health said on Friday it expected 25% of its staff to disclose their immunization status.
Employees who refuse to be vaccinated or to undergo regular testing will be placed on unpaid leave.
Shelly Glover, the second of the two PC leadership contenders, previously said she disagreed with vaccination mandates and maintained her comments when asked on Saturday.
“I don’t think we should be, at this point and at this time, with the fourth wave upon us, doing anything that would reduce the number of people who would care for our patients,” he said. she declared. “We have to find other options.
Christopher Adams, assistant professor of political studies at the University of Manitoba, believes that the issue of vaccination mandates is a priority among CP members.
While Stefanson appears to be the frontrunner, he’s not ruling out Glover winning the leadership race on October 30.
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“Among political observers, there is a feeling that Heather Stefanson is very much in the lead, that she has most of her caucus behind her,” Adams said. “But Shelly Glover might attract members we don’t know and outside of the party establishment she’s doing very well.”
Adams said it would be a “dangerous policy” to reverse vaccine guidelines in places like Winnipeg, where they have strong support.
However, Glover’s strategy could be similar to those seen in the United States, where politicians start campaigning left or right during the leadership convention and then move closer to the center as the election draws near, according to Adams. .
“It is for die-hard members who can be very strong on some issues, but that might be different from the electorate in Winnipeg or Manitoba as we approach an election,” he said.
Adams said that regardless of who becomes Manitoba’s next premier, there will be a lot of work to be done to undo the damage done during the leadership race.
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