The Conservative Party of Canada is barring Jonas Smith from running as its Yukon candidate in the upcoming federal election.
In an email, the party says Smith “is no longer our candidate after several discussions about his unwillingness to support public health guidelines.”
A statement from Smith’s campaign office goes a step further, saying that “The reason behind the disallowing of Smith’s candidacy is his opposition to calls for implementation of mandated workplace vaccinations and vaccine passport requirements in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Smith calls the move “devastating” for the party’s base in Yukon.
The news comes on the heels of the Liberal Party naming Brendan Hanley as its candidate. Hanley announced on Tuesday that he is taking leave as the territory’s chief medical officer while campaigning.
Smith named a candidate only one month ago
The federal Conservatives only recently announced Smith’s bid.
Smith narrowly lost to outgoing Liberal MP Larry Bagnell in 2019, who’s set to retire from federal politics after more than two decades.
Smith formerly told CBC News he decided to run again based on what he said was a strong showing of support for him during the last election.
He also railed against the Liberal government, claiming they mishandled spending during the pandemic, which forced national debt skyward.
He said if elected, he would have focused on ramping up renewable energy capacity, housing and mental health supports.
‘I’m just a regular, every day Yukoner’
Smith is the former president of the Klondike Placer Miners’ Association, and he also served as president of the territorial Yukon Party and has worked in the premier’s office. He’s also worked as a server and musician.
During the lead up to the last election, Smith said, “I’m just a regular, every day Yukoner.”
“I like to think that I’m in touch with the realities of what a lot of people are going through,” he said.
Source From CBC News