Erin O’Toole Cancels Popular Candidate for Opposing Vaccine Passports and Mandates

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on August 13, 2021

Yesterday the Conservative Party, led by the supposedly “true blue” Erin O’Toole, removed  Jonas Smith as their candidate for the Yukon electoral riding for opposing vaccine passports and vaccine mandates on the principle that it violates civil liberties.

Smith had actually run as the CPC candidate for Yukon back in 2019 and only lost to the 5 term (non-consecutive) incumbent, Larry Bagnell, by 153 votes, and since then Bagnall has announced he would not be seeking reelection, putting Smith in a good position to win the riding in 2021 if an election is called.

In a press release, Smith stated that:

This comes as shocking news to me, my family, my local campaign team and my thousands of supporters across the territory…With an election call imminent, this is devastating news for the conservative movement in the Yukon and I fear will have repercussions across the country.

I believe in standing up for the rights of all minorities, including those of the unvaccinated – be it for medical, religious or personal reasons – and that our country needs less discrimination, not more…Generations of Canadians have fought for our Section 15 Charter rights, as well as freedom of choice when it comes to matters of bodily-autonomy, and these proposed vaccination-related restrictions will vastly alter what kind of country our children will inherit.

This was all happening at the same time the federal Liberal government was rolling out vaccine passports for international travel as well as mandatory vaccines for all federal employees, which the constituionality of are dubious at best.

This is yet another instance of the Conservatives under O’Toole standing against Canadian values and the constitution in a vain attempt to seek media approval instead of the approval of voters. 

According to O’Toole’s leadership campaign, he was supposed to “cancel Cancel Culture” but since becoming the leader of the CPC he has kicked out Derek Sloan from caucus, demoted Pierre Poilievre, barred former MP Pierre Lemieux from running, refused to speak to Rebel News, and has had various national council and riding nomination candidates disqualified for no good reason, among many other things.

Jonas Smith campaign office in Whitehorse.

Jonas Smith campaign office in Whitehorse.

Even before becoming leader, O’Toole showed his true colours when his leadership campaign pushed for Jim Karahalios to be removed from the 2020 Conservative leadership race.

At this point removing Jonas Smith cannot be considered an “own-goal” because that would wrongly imply O’Toole is part of Canada’s Conservative movement.

Regardless of how O’Toole and the Liberal legacy media try and spin this situation to make it seem like the Conservative Party got rid of a problem candidate, the majority of Canadians are far more in line with the views of Smith than they are with O’Toole, Trudeau, Singh, or any other politician pushing or tolerating the use of vaccine passports and vaccine mandates.


Not only has Erin O’Toole proven that he cannot be trusted, but any MPs that continue running for the party while their colleagues get removed for standing for civil liberties are tacitly helping to undermine Canadian’s Charter Rights through their refusal to defend Charter rights. 

It is a mystery how the Conservative Party retains any of their support with their absolute lack of support for the pro-liberty values that the party was founded upon, but with the way the party is acting it wouldn’t be a shock for their support to quickly start shifting to the new alternative parties, especially in Western Canada.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

4 responses to “Erin O’Toole Cancels Popular Candidate for Opposing Vaccine Passports and Mandates”

  1. RM says:

    Now no one is standing up for Canadian Charter rights. I guess Trudeau will get his majority because how can I vote Conservative for a Liberal leader masquerading as a Conservative.

  2. Just Moi says:

    Since all the leaders(?) are singing from the same hymn book, can we just say its a one party state?

    I would rather vote for the drunk on the sidewalk or the cat than any one of these. Do I have to eat my ballot?

    Any ideas?

  3. Darren Kirk says:

    Usually a tool is useful for something. O’Toole is helpful for the Maverick Party.

  4. Barb says:

    The PPC party is for freedom. Vote PPC!