‘We are being ignored’: Protest planned outside Saskatchewan. office of the minister of health
An organizer of a planned protest against the Saskatchewan government’s decision to lift COVID-19 measures believes he is part of a “silent majority” that needs to speak out.
“I think we’re being ignored right now,” Joel Hill told CTV News.
On Tuesday, Premier Scott Moe announced Saskatchewan’s proof of vaccination policy would be lifted on February 14 and the province’s masking mandate would not be extended beyond the end of the month – when it was previously set to expire.
Hill believes Moe is basing his pandemic decisions on politics rather than scientific evidence, which “is not acceptable.”
“The prime minister has been on television…directly contradicting the people in the medical field, the medical experts,” Hill said.
“He said COVID vaccines do not reduce the transmission rate and that is just blatant misinformation.
Hill said he expects a “good number of people” to show up for the protest outside Health Minister Paul Merriman’s office scheduled for Saturday.
Merriman’s office was the scene of a similar protest last year.
Hill said the protest was about protecting the community and that there were “common sense” little things people could continue to do that “do not affect our freedoms or privileges in a serious way.”
“Some people think of restrictions, they think of vaccine passports or lockdowns, but ‘restrictions’ can also just mean wearing a mask in public or limiting the number of people who can be in a building,” he said. -he declares.
Hill also expressed concern about the province’s decision to limit access to PCR tests.
“In Canada, we have the right to public health care, we have the right to be tested when needed, as prescribed by a doctor. And right now we can’t do that,” Hill said.
“We have to stand up and tell the government this is not acceptable.”
Hill also takes issue with the province’s shift from daily to weekly reporting of COVID-19 news.
“We are being asked as residents of Saskatchewan to assess our own risks and make decisions for ourselves, but we can’t do that if we don’t have the information,” he said. -he declares.
While the protest is expected to take place outside Merriman’s office in Saskatoon, Hill says he’s not optimistic the minister will heed their message.
“Our audience is not just Sask Party MPs, I think our audience is the rest of the public in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan,” he said.
“I feel like our government has dug in the heels in a way that is not productive and we need to counter that.”