Following my recovery from COVID-19, I was looking forward to returning to Queens Park this week to continue holding the Ford PCs to account.
But thanks to the Speaker, PC MPP Ted Arnott, I am unable to attend the legislature this week and for a full 90-days …
… because I recovered from COVID-19!
In October, the Speaker implemented a rule that every Member of Provincial Parliament had to either use a COVID-19 vaccine passport, or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, to enter Queens Park.
I refuse the COVID-19 passport requirements.
So, to do the job I was elected to do – the job that taxpayers pay me to do – I have been taking rapid antigen tests for COVID-19, as have a few other MPPs.
On November 17th, my test returned a positive result for COVID-19.
After a couple of days of illness, I recovered, but I was not permitted to enter the legislature for the rest of that week or last week. I couldn’t participate in legislative matters during that time (like voting against Motion 8) as there is no virtual participation option provincially for MPPs as there is federally for MPs.
According to Public Health, my “quarantine” was over yesterday and I would “not [be] required to provide proof of a negative test result in order to return to work / activities.”
Public Health was clear that someone in my position, who has recovered from COVID-19, should be permitted to go back to work. Public Health’s position is that rapid antigen tests are unreliable in the 90-day period following recovery from COVID-19 and it is extremely unlikely that someone would catch and transmit COVID-19 in the 90-day period following such recovery.
But that isn’t good enough for the Ford PCs and their legislative Speaker who have a different set of rules, different than even Public Health.
The Speaker’s position is that since I cannot take a rapid antigen test for 90-days after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, and since taking a rapid antigen test or adhering to COVID-19 vaccine passport requirements, are the two conditions for entry into Queens Park, I would not be permitted entry for 90-days.
The decision by the Speaker, like most of the decisions by the Ford PCs, defies logic. With natural immunity, I am less likely to catch or transmit COVID-19 than any other individual, vaccinated or otherwise.
I feel for the thousands of Ontarians who have lost their jobs or educations as a result of similar illogical decisions.
We should be focusing our efforts on effective treatment for COVID-19.
Instead, the Ford PCs and certain “experts” are intent on punishing Ontarians.
We continue to build the New Blue Party of Ontario to counter the illogical left-wing authoritarian policies of the PCs, Liberals and NDP.
That is what we have done, and with your help, what we will continue to do.
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It is time to stand on principle.
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Belinda Karahalios Cambridge New Blue Party of Ontario
Censoring Dissent in the Ontario Legislature: Independent MPP& COVID Crackdown Critic Belinda Karahalios Banned for 90 Days: Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios ousted from Ontario Legislature over vaccination status
Karahalios argued proof of negative test meant she was not in contravention of rules
CBC News · Posted: Dec 07, 2021 2:50 PM ET | Last Updated: December 7
Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios was removed from the Ontario Legislature on Tuesday morning because she isn’t vaccinated for COVID-19.
She was elected as a Progressive Conservative in 2018, but was removed from the caucus in July 2020 after voting against a bill that allowed the province to extend or amend some emergency orders a month at a time for up to two years without consulting the legislature.
Nineteenth century Scottish writer Robert Louis
Stevenson is remembered mostly for his novels Treasure Island, featuring the pirate Long John Silver, and Kidnapped. Almost as well-known as these, and probably
far more influential in terms of the number of imitations it has inspired and
adaptations that have been made, is a shorter work, published in 1886, the same
year as Kidnapped, entitled Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The story is about a physician, Dr. Henry Jekyll, who
like everybody else, struggles with the inner conflict between his base
instincts and urges on the one hand and his ethical standards on the other. Unlike everybody else, he, being a scientist,
tries to find a scientific solution to the problem, which he sees more in terms
of the need to protect his reputation than to suppress his vicious
desires. He invents a serum that
transforms him into Mr. Edward Hyde so that he can indulge the latter without
damaging his reputation. The potion,
however, also produces a division in his moral character, basically separating
all the wickedness into the persona of Mr. Hyde and all of the goodness into
the persona of Dr. Jekyll. The
consequence of all of this, is that Mr. Hyde is left with no inner constraints
on his wickedness, and becomes a thoroughly depraved, sadistic, sociopathic,
murderer. Dr. Jekyll, who by contrast
becomes more upright, humane and saintly, eventually loses control over the
transformation process and starts to transform into Mr. Hyde involuntarily, at
first in his sleep, later when he is awake.
Then, running out of the serum that reverses the transformation, and
being unable to produce another batch that will work, he realizes that he is
about to become his evil alter-ego permanently, and commits suicide.
After the story was published and became widely known,
the names of the character became more or less synonymous with the kind of dual
personality in which a person can be sweet, gentile, and charming one minute
and the exact opposite of that the next.
I have been reminded of this story every time that
Doug Ford, the current premier of Upper Canada, or Ontario as those who like to
keep up with the times prefer to call it, has appeared in the news in the last
eight months and especially the last two.
Two summers ago, when the Progressive Conservatives
led by Doug Ford, won a majority of 76 out of the 124 seats in the provincial
legislature, I breathed a sigh of relief for our neighbours to the east. They had suffered under Grit misrule for
fifteen years, first under Dalton McGuinty and then under Kathleen Wynne, who
were in my opinion the two worst provincial-level Liberal leaders in the entire
history of the Dominion. The election
that put Doug Ford in the premier’s chair, also reduced the Grits to seven
seats, the worst defeat they have ever suffered in that province, which was
itself even greater cause to rejoice than the Conservative victory.
When Doug Ford became leader of Upper Canada’s
Progressive Conservatives in the lead-up to the provincial election of 2018, I
knew little about him other than that he was the brother of the late Rob Ford,
who from 2010 to 2014 had been mayor of the city which had been known as York
before political correctness prompted its being rechristened with the Indian
name of Toronto in 1834. During the
years in which Rob Ford was mayor, he was constantly under attack by the CBC
and the rest of the mainstream progressive media, which only strengthened me in
my conviction that, as I said at the time, Rob Ford, drunk and on crack, ran
his city better than any other sober mayor in Canada, including and especially
our own here in Winnipeg. That would
have been Sam Katz back then, and Mayor Duckie (2) who has since replaced him
is even worse.
The same corrupt left-wing media that had relentlessly
pursued the destruction of his brother, went after Doug Ford during the 2018
election. They shamelessly dug poor old
Rob up from his grave – he had passed away from cancer two years previously –
and began whipping and crucifying his corpse.
Since Ford was using populist rhetoric in his campaign, they naturally
compared him to Donald the Orange who through populism and nationalism had
become president of the American republic in 2016. Now,
just to be clear, since my politics happens to be the royal-monarch-as-defender-of-the-Church
kind of Toryism from which the Conservative Party has been lamentably drifting
for decades – or rather centuries – populism and nationalism are actually lower
in my own estimation than they are in that of the progressive media. Forced to choose between the former and the
latter, however, I would gladly chose the populists any day. So it was that this progressive assault on
“Ontario’s Trump” raised his stock considerably in my books.
Despite the media’s amusing attempt to use his
populist rhetoric to hang the “far right” label on him – neither populism nor
what the media considers to be “far right” is right wing at all, let alone
extremely right wing – Doug Ford was
basically a mainstream, centre-right, Progressive Conservative. His platform consisted mostly of tax
reductions, infrastructure improvement, de-regulation, and cleaning up the mess
that McGuinty and Wynne had made of the province’s school system. While there was much that was lacking in
this platform, it was a major improvement over what the former governing party
had been offering. After Ford won the
election, the first year and a half of his premiership were fairly
impressive. He stuck it to the
provincial bureaucrats with a salary-and-hiring freeze, and went to war with
the environazis who were determined to make life more miserable and
unaffordable for everybody because of their superstitious belief in a climate
apocalypse extrapolated through a computer simulation from the pseudoscientific
theory of anthropogenic global warming.
This included standing up to Captain Airhead, whom we are unfortunate
enough to have as the Prime Minister of Her Majesty’s government in Ottawa, and
who was threatening to impose a federal carbon tax on all provinces that did
not voluntarily adopt one of their own.
Shortly after the election, the new Minister of Education announced that
the province would repeal everything the outgoing government had done to turn
the schools into indoctrination camps for brainwashing young children with
sexual perversion and gender identity politics although there have been reports
that the follow-through on this was less than spectacular and that all they
really did was make a few minor adjustments.
The qualifying remarks in my last sentence
aside, Ford had gotten off to a fairly good start for a contemporary,
mainstream, Progressive Conservative premier.
Then the Chinese bat flu arrived in Upper Canada. When that happened, Doug Ford underwent an
almost-overnight metamorphosis into a despotic, bullying, COVID-monster, and
became the darling of the media that had been demonizing him for the last two
Of course, something similar could be said about every
premier in the Dominion. Our own Progressive
Conservative Premier here in the south-east corner of Prince Rupert’s Land, Brian
Pallister, declared a state of emergency and put our province into a most
draconian lockdown before there was any significant outbreak, gave that – in my
opinion – power mad goon Dr. Brent Roussin a blank cheque for imposing
restrictions, no matter how stupid, self-contradictory, and outright harmful
they were, and only the other day doubled the fines for people who violate
these arbitrary regulations. Pallister,
however, has long been known to be a jerk.
The only reason I welcomed his re-election the other year is that the
other option was the truly odious Wab Kinew.
Doug Ford, on the other hand, had given us every reason to expect much
better of him, before he turned around and started acting like a squirt bottle
used for cleaning the orifices of the nether regions of the body.
Now, some might come to Doug Ford’s defence by saying that
his province was hit particularly hard by the bat flu. Granted, out of all the provinces its number
of deaths was exceeded only by those of Lower Canada. This hardly constitutes justification of his
actions, however. It is only to be
expected that in a country-wide outbreak, the two provinces of Central Canada
would have the most deaths. They have
the most people, after all. There is
more to it, however, than just that.
The bulk of the deaths in those provinces took place in long-term care
facilities, which, again, is predictable from the fact that the only people who
are at any sort of statistically
significant risk from the Chinese bat
flu are those who are really old, with two or more complicating health
conditions. In Upper and Lower Canada,
the situation in the nursing homes got so bad that the Armed Forces had to be
sent in to take the place of the staff who had either contracted the virus
themselves or deserted in fear of doing so.
They sent back to their superiors reports of the horrendous conditions
they found there – conditions such as cockroaches, rotting food, bedding left
soiled for days on end, and worse – caused not by the bat flu but by neglect
and abuse on the part of the administration and staff. While Ford is hardly to blame for such
conditions, for in many of these places this sort of thing had been going on
for years prior to his premiership, the fact of the matter is that had he done
the common sense thing at the beginning of the “pandemic” and taken measures to
provide extra protection for the people most at risk, rather than listening uncritically
to the imbecilic advice of medical experts who, themselves regurgitating
nonsense cooked up by the World Health Organization to serve the nefarious ends
of the Chinese Communists and the pharmaceutical conglomerates, recommended a universal
quarantine on the young and healthy instead, this sort of thing could have been
dealt with much earlier, and steps could have been taken which might have prevented
the outbreaks in the nursing homes from getting so bad. Jumping on board the lockdown bandwagon,
prevented him from pursuing other, sounder, options, and made the situation
When the World Health Organization screamed “pandemic”,
Ford traded in his tired old populism and common sense for a shiny new superstitious
belief in the infallibility of international health organizations and other
medical experts, and imposed their recommendations with a particularly heavy
hand. When people with legitimate
concerns about the erosion of their rights, freedoms, livelihoods and businesses
under public health orders and who likely largely overlapped the people who had
voted Ford into the premier’s office two years ago, began to protest against social
distancing, lockdowns, and the like, he dismissed them all as yahoos. In July, he rammed Bill 195 through the legislature,
a bill which gave him two years’ worth of emergency powers which he could
exercise without consulting the legislature.
This was a province-level equivalent of what Captain Airhead and his
Liberals had tried to sneak into an emergency spending bill in Parliament in
March, but which Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition had mercifully thwarted. Ford punished the members of his own party
who voted against this bill, such as Belinda Karahalios, the MPP representing
Cambridge, by expelling them from the caucus.
On Monday, September 28th, Ford held a
press conference in which he announced that his province was officially in the “second
wave” of the bat flu, and that it “will be worse than the first wave we faced
earlier this year.” As with all the other
claptrap about this so-called “second wave” this was a cunning form of
sleight-of-hand. That day, Upper Canada
had seen the highest number of new cases recorded in a single day since the
beginning of the pandemic. It had not
seen a commensurate spike in the number of people gravely sick, being
hospitalized, put in intensive care, and dying. Indeed, the new cases were mostly among age
groups which were not at any significant risk from the disease. This has been more or less the case
everywhere throughout this so-called “second wave”. My province, which seen the number of deaths
multiply since the beginning of September – we were at fourteen at the
beginning of September and are now at forty-seven, is not an exception. These deaths are, like those which more
populated provinces experienced in the spring, almost entirely among those who
are both extremely old and extremely sick, because this is Manitoba’s first
wave, the entire misguided and totalitarian “flatten the curve” strategy having
merely delayed it, while causing a whole lot of unnecessary other harm in the
Even before Ford made this announcement, he had
lowered the number of people allowed to meet socially in Toronto, Peel Region,
and Ottawa to ten, slapped a $10 000 fine on anyone who organized an event that
broke this rule, and a $750 fine on anyone who attended. It is difficult to decide which is more
ridiculous, the limit of social gatherings to ten in a country where assembly and
association are two of the officially recognized fundamental freedoms, or the
insanely high amounts of those fines. (4) Certainly,
the late Rob Ford, who was well known for his love of large social gatherings,
must be spinning in his grave over all this party-pooping, and the whole
general way in which his brother has turned into a piece of rotting Communist excrement.
My unsolicited advice to Ford is to find the serum
that will turn him back to his original self and to do so quickly. Nobody, except the media progressives, who
want everybody to spend the rest of their lives, hiding under their beds in
their basements, curled up in the fetal position, sucking their thumbs, afraid
to go out lest the SARS-Cov-2 Bogeyman get them, likes this new version.
deliberately left out both the definite article and the periods after the
abbreviations for doctor and mister from his title. His original publisher followed his
whims. Most subsequent publishers have
(2) Brian Bowman looks like Jon Cryer, who, prior to his role as Alan on Three and a Half Men, was best known as
“Duckie” in John Hughes’ 1986 “Brat Pack” teen rom-com, Pretty in Pink. An
interesting bit of trivia, although as completely irrelevant as this entire
footnote, is that Charlie Sheen, Cryer’s co-star in Three and a Half Men (and earlier in Hotshots), was the original choice for the role of Blane, “Duckie”’s
ultimately successful rival for the affections of Andie (Molly Ringwald) in
this film, a role that ended up going to Andrew McCarthy.
article from The
Interim. It is worth noting that a
serious effort to clean up the schools would have to involve more than just
repealing Kathleen Wynne’s curriculum.
I was in Toronto for a wedding almost ten years ago, while Dalton
McGuinty was still premier. On the ride
back to Pearson International, my driver, a recent immigrant from somewhere in
the Middle East, struck up a conversation.
When he found out I was from Manitoba, he told me how lucky I was to be
living in a rural, conservative, province, where I did not have to put up with
the likes of Dalton McGuinty, who was making the schools teach sexual
perversions to young children. I didn’t
have the heart to break the news to him, that the NDP which was governing
Manitoba at the time was just about as bad, although they had not taken the
schools quite that far. My point, however,
is that this conversation could not have taken place when it did, had McGuinty
not already started the schools along the path down which Wynne would take them
course there are those who have gone even further than Ford in this
absurdity. Dr. Brent Roussin has
limited social gatherings to five in Winnipeg and the surrounding region. Back in Ford’s own province, Patrick Brown,
his predecessor as PC leader and currently the mayor of Brampton, imposed fines
of up to $100 000 on those not practicing “physical distancing” as far back as
April. An orchard owner in neighbouring
Caledon was threatened with a fine that large by the Ontario Provincial Police in
late September for letting people pick their own apples on his farm.