Doug Ford is Moving Heaven And Earth to Stop MPP Belinda Karahalios from Speaking

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on December 8, 2021

If you needed any more proof Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the PC Party hates the Karahalios’ the Speaker of the Legislature making up a new COVID rule to keep New Blue Party MPP Belinda Karahalios out of Queens Park should convince you.

Currently for an MPP to go and represent their constituents in Queens Park they either need to show proof of being vaccinated twice or take a rapid test. MPP Karahalios has been taking rapid tests to enter Queens Park, not wanting to disclose her vaccination status on principle, and up until last week that was good enough until she got COVID-19 and the Speaker changed the rules.

Now, despite Public Health Ontario sending MPP Karahalios an email stating that she did not need to test now that she has been verified to have already had COVID and is now naturally immune, the Speaker is still requiring a negative rapid test or proof of vaccination.

This clearly is a sleazy trick to keep MPP Karahalios out of the Legislature as the rules do not allow someone who has recovered from COVID-19 to have a rapid test they take accepted until after a 90 day period.

The Legislature Speaker Ted Arnott, the MPP for Wellington-Halton Hills, is indeed a member of the PC Caucus, so pretending that Arnott’s sudden change of rules to prevent MPP Karahalios from testing has nothing to do with Doug Ford would be naive. 

Both Jim and Belinda Karahalios even before starting the New Blue Party of Ontario were not friendly with the Ontario PC Party establishment.

Jim Karahalios was the political organizer who beat former PC Party leader Patrick Brown on the issue of the inclusion of a carbon tax in the party’s platform as well as made democratic reform a major issue inside of the party with Jim’s Take Back Our PC Party organization

Doug Ford and all the other PC leadership candidates in 2018 seeking to replace Brown embracing Jim’s Axe the Carbon Tax organization’s stance on the carbon tax because of its popularity with the grassroots. 

Regardless of Jim winning this policy argument inside the party, at the 2018 PC Party convention Jim was defeated in a race for the party presidency where far more ballots were submitted than there were eligible voters. 

Belinda Karahalios being removed from Caucus in 2020 for voting against Bill 195, the ironically named Reopening Ontario Act, which gave Premier Ford the ability to put in place public health restrictions at will, cemented that Ford and the PC Party establishment feels threatened by the independently-minded Karahalios’. 

Of course, Premier Ford would be motivated to have Arnott arbitrarily change the COVID-19 rules inside of Queens Park just to block MPP Karahalios from representing her constituents. More than ever before, the Karahalios’ leading the New Blue Party of Ontario is a threat to the corrupt PC Party establishment.

Ontarian Conservatives need to ask themselves why it seems that Doug Ford and the PC establishment are so threatened by the Karahalios’ and not someone like Indedpdent MPP Randy Hillier who has also started his own party? 

For one thing, MPP Hillier rarely ever shows up to Queens Park, never voted against Bill 195, and even on social media hardly ever attacks Premier Ford and the PC Party directly. 

MPP Hillier, like the PC Party, has been attacking the Karahalios’ behind the scenes while starting his own new party, the Ontario First Party, which is currently not registered. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that Hillier may actually have a deal with the PC Party and is merely trying to divide the conservative opposition to Ford by starting a new party and causing controversy. 

At the end of the day, what makes Belinda Karahalios someone the PC Party view as a threat is not only is she helping lead a new conservative party with her husband Jim, but she actually built credibility with Ontarians through her vocal and principled opposition to the PC government.

One of the best ways of figuring out who is best positioned to oust the corrupt political establishment is looking at who the establishment is always attacking, and in Ontario politics that is definitely the Karahalios. 

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.

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