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Wellington County MPPs not among unvaccinated in PC caucus

Two PC MPPs have reportedly been given a Thursday deadline to get the jab
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While the identity of two Ontario PC MPPs facing ejection from caucus unless they get vaccinated remains unknown, neither appears to be from Wellington County. 

In an email to EloraFergusToday the office of Ted Arnott, MPP for Wellington–Halton Hills confirmed Arnott is fully vaccinated. 

Arnott shared on social media when he received the jab and also wrote about his experience in a local newspaper, "in hopes of encouraging others to get their shot," the email said. 

Meanwhile, the office of Randy Pettapiece, MPP for Perth–Wellington did not immediately respond to request for comment, but Pettapiece tweeted on April 20 that he had received his first dose in Stratford. "Thank you to everyone working at vaccination sites across Perth-Wellington! I encourage everyone to #GetVaccinated," he wrote.

Two members of Ontario's Progressive Conservative government have been given a Thursday deadline to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or be removed from caucus, The Canadian Press reported on Wednesday.

Government whip Lorne Coe has issued a letter saying it was discussed at a caucus meeting that "every member of the Progressive Conservative team" must get vaccinated unless medically unable to do so.

Coe wrote that as elected officials, caucus members have a "responsibility to show leadership" and ensure eligible Ontarians get vaccinated against COVID-19.

"That includes every member of our caucus," he wrote in the letter obtained by The Canadian Press.

With files from The Canadian Press


Alison Sandstrom

About the Author: Alison Sandstrom

Alison Sandstrom covers civic issues in Wellington County under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada
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