Ontario MPP ousted from PC caucus over refusal to get vaccinated


An Ontario MPP who refused to get a COVID-19 vaccine as required by the Progressive Conservative caucus has been expelled from the party, CTV News Toronto has learned. Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls made an announcement about his vaccination status on Thursday afternoon from Queen’s Park. Nicholls said that he and his wife chose not to get the shot for “personal reasons.” Nicholls was removed from caucus a little over an hour after the announcement was made, sources tell CTV News Toronto. Two days before Nicholls’ declaration, Premier Doug Ford’s office confirmed that all members of Ontario’s PC caucus would be required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 by 5 p.m. Thursday or face expulsion. Nicholls is one of two MPPs who remain unvaccinated. The other, Scarborough Centre MPP Christina Mitas, was provided with a medical exemption, CTV News Toronto has learned, though the Premier’s Office would not say on what grounds the exemption was granted. A PC government source previously told CTV News Toronto that all other caucus members are fully vaccinated. Ford has long said that he does not believe that COVID-19 vaccinations should be mandatory.

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