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Guelph's PPC candidate says vaccine passports could create 'two-tier system'

People’s Party of Canada (PPC) Joshua Leier said the rights of Canadians and the elimination of vaccine passports are top election issues
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People's Party of Canada candidate for Guelph Joshua Leier.

First-time candidate Joshua Leier will be the Guelph riding candidate for the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), running on a platform that puts dismantling the use of vaccine passports as a top priority.

“My major concern is that we are going to lose our rights and freedoms as Canadian citizens,” said Leier. “The reason people come to Canada, the reason people come from all over the world to live here, is because we are supposed to be this free country that gives you a ton of chances at prosperity, and we are seeing all that wiped away through the pandemic.”

Leier grew up in Guelph, with brief stints spent outside the city to attend university, before returning to found Icehound Marketing, a local company that helps grow, create and manage the digital marketing of companies.

When speaking of the vaccine passport, Leier said the implementation of a province-wide vaccination certificate could lead to the creation of a two-tier system which would ultimately lead to the segregation of a large portion of the population.

“That’s exactly what we are trying to prevent, and it just doesn’t seem like anyone else out there really wants to fight against it,” said Leier.

On the issue of the timing of the election, Leier said he doesn’t think a majority of Canadians want to head to the polls right now, however, he believes this to be an opportunity for oppressed Canadian voices to reclaim their freedom.

“At the same time, it gives the people a chance to right the ship, especially when we are on this precipitous of all these provinces adopting these vaccine passports,” said Leier. “It gives the people one last chance to say no and reclaim their freedom and their right to their own body without the government interfering.”

Leier is the second-ever PPC candidate to run for Guelph in a federal election as the party was founded in 2018 by Maxime Bernier, and was registered by Elections Canada for the 2019 federal election.

Mark Paralovos was the previous candidate for the PPC party, capturing just over 1,000 votes.