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2021 Election Issues: COVID-19

Open Letter to Canadians

September 2, 2021


Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

Throughout 2020/21, Canadians have made numerous sacrifices in the name of public health. These sacrifices go far beyond the obvious economic impacts resulting from shuttered businesses and lost jobs. Numerous reports have highlighted skyrocketing opioid deaths, decreasing mental health and significant negative impacts on children. All the direct result of pandemic restrictions.

Initially, Canadians largely supported public health measures in an effort to “flatten the curve” and respect the health of others within their communities. Headed into fall 2021, patience is waning.

Recently, vaccine passport systems have been implemented (or will be), politicians at every level are advocating for mandatory vaccines and there is increased discussion regarding the possibility of further lockdowns and restrictions to curb rising COVID-19 case numbers. Why do the goalposts keep moving?

Suggestions for addressing the underlying issue:

  1. End vaccine passport systems and the pursuit of mandatory vaccines. These measures are wrong and have no place in a free and democratic country such as Canada.

  2. Hold round table discussions with doctors, scientists and other subject matter experts that offer opposing opinions to the fear mongering narrative that has been portrayed for 18+ months.

  3. Protect everyone’s right to gainful employment going forward.

  4. Respect the fact that Canadians can believe that a virus exists, while still having questions about the heavy-handed response from the government and not be conspiracy theorists.

  5. Stop denouncing alternative treatments shown to be promising in the treatment of COVID-19.

  6. Stop using the pandemic as a wedge issue to grow the size and scope of government with no consideration of the long-term impacts of inflation, debt and the mental health of Canadians.

COVID-19 is not the only issue impacting Canadians. Consideration for other equally impactful issues needs to be considered. Canadians are capable of our own risk assessments, we’re not toddlers.


Jared Pilon

Candidate for Red Deer – Mountain View, AB

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