Canada Election: Vaccine rule mix-up leads to cancelled debate in B.C. riding of Chilliwack–Hope
|globalnews.ca 14 Sep 2021 at 22:46|
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A misunderstanding about B.C.’s new vaccine card rules seems to be at the centre of a strange series of events on the campaign trail in the riding of Chilliwack–Hope .
Close to 200 people were expected to attend an all-candidates debate organized by the Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre Society.
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But it’s understood that organizers, citing the new provincial health order, told People’s Party of Canada (PPC) candidate Rob Bogunovic that he would have to debate remotely because he is not vaccinated.
Conservative candidate Mark Strahl then made it clear he would not attend.
The board of directors at the city-owned Chilliwack Arts and Cultural Society decided to cancel Tuesday night’s in-person all-candidate forum altogether.
“It had nothing to do with the vaccine mandates, vaccine passports,” Strahl said during a virtual debate that took place Monday night. “It had everything to do with equality.”