Alberta premier shelves unvaccinated rights bill, pushes organizations to drop mandates – CBC

‘I’m quite prepared to make those phone calls,’ Smith says

Nov 28, 2022

Premier Danielle Smith says the Alberta government will work to protect the rights of the unvaccinated without forthcoming legislation and has already prompted at least one organization to drop its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.

“For instance, the Arctic Winter Games wanted $1.2 million from us to support their effort and they were discriminating against the athletes, telling them they had to be vaccinated,” Smith said at a news conference in Edmonton on Monday.

“So we asked them if they would reconsider their vaccination policy in the light of new evidence and they did.”

The Arctic Winter Games announced on Nov. 18 that it was revoking its mandatory vaccination policy. The games are scheduled to take place in the Wood Buffalo region from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4.

Smith has also asked one of her ministers to call a film production set because she heard they wouldn’t employ hairstylists who refused to get vaccinated.

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