This has been another unusual week here in Ottawa.
The protest of the truckers in the “Freedom Convoy” remains a topic of serious concern here in Ottawa and is one I continue to hear about from local citizens at home as well.
On Tuesday an unusual event occurred when a Liberal MP, Joël Lightbound, a Quebec MP from the riding of Louis-Hébert staged a press conference.
While it not uncommon for MPs to host media events, this one was highly unusual in that MP Lightbound raised some serious concerns of his against PM Trudeau.
Specifically MP Lightbound, as reported by media stated:
“A decision was made to wedge, to divide and to stigmatize" Canadians over the topic of vaccination and vaccine mandates by PM Trudeau and the Liberal Party.
The Liberal MP stated it was time to “stop these divisive measures” and “it is time we stopped dividing people, pitting people against each other”.
As CBC reported “people who question existing policies should not be "demonized" by their prime minister.” And "It's becoming harder and harder to know when public health stops and where politics begins,"
Ultimately by his own admission, MP Lightbound is concerned that the Prime Minister continued politicizing of vaccines and vaccine mandates risks undermining public trust in our country's public health institutions.
It is rare for a Liberal MP to publicly call out the actions of the Prime Minister and I would like to commend MP Joel Lightbound for sharing his concerns with Canadians at considerable risk to his own standing within the Liberal caucus.
From my own perspective I think we should all be mindful of the words of Prime Minister Trudeau from two years ago this February, when he said:
“There is always a place for Canadians to protest and express their frustrations, but we need to ensure that we also listen to each other. The reality of populism, and its siren song in our democracies these days, is a desire to listen only to ourselves and to people who agree with us and not to people of another perspective.”
My question this week: do you think it is time for the Prime Minister to follow his own advice or is he right to continue to ignore the concerns of those who oppose policies such as the vaccine mandates?
I can be reached at Dan.Albas@parl.gc.ca or call toll free 1-800-665-8711.
2/12/2022 02:06:09 pm
In my opinion, PM Trudeau should definitely listen to his own words, but I fear that he may be beyond the brink of change … he is constantly showing his clear distaste for the working class and I mean the middle class which the majority of voters fall into. I have never felt as strongly in my entire life of 67 years that this leader has turned a dark corner and it is time for a non-confidence vote to invoke a positive change. Will you be a leader that will invoke that change?
2/13/2022 05:57:25 pm
Tomorrow, Monday Feb. 14 is apparently a vote to remove COVID mandates and restrictions to be put forward by Candice Bergen to be tabled by Feb.28. Considering the already high vaccination rate and level of compliance Canadians have shone, it is now time to eliminate government imposed COVID restrictions and mandates. We trust you will support this bill. Sincerely, Norm and Erika Gregson, Kelowna, BC
2/13/2022 08:21:03 pm
I firmly believe now is the time to end these divisive policies while we still have a recoverable middle class and for that matter country.
2/14/2022 07:46:10 am
Please vote to end these mandates Feb 14 for all people. I’m wondering why you put a ‘but’ after you wrote that Canadians have a right to protest? I think two years of this is enough and the people have been quite patient enough. The protests have also been extremely peaceful. Instead of a ‘but’’, I think people should be commended for the way they have ‘listened to other views’ for too long now. Time to end this madness!
2/14/2022 02:38:16 pm
Please support the motion to rescind all federal mandates!
2/14/2022 07:28:40 pm
Thank you for commending MP Lightbound! Bravo to you, bravo to him, and what courage! Yes, it is time for Justin Trudeau to listen to Canadians’ concerns! He should be on the ground talking to truckers and the people who support their incredible movement. Listening to those who don’t agree with his stance. He needs to look in the mirror and realize that HE in fact is inciting hate and divisiveness among Canadians - in complete opposition to the peaceful and lawful protests!
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Dan Albas is the Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola.
Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola