Ontario Liberal MPP says he regrets email on accommodations for PSW constituent refusing COVID-19 vaccine

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TORONTO — A northern Ontario Liberal says he regrets asking the government for accommodations for a personal support worker in his constituency who refused COVID-19 vaccines.

Michael Gravelle, who represents Thunder Bay-Superior North in the legislature, wrote last week to the ministers of health and long-term care and said he hoped some accommodations could be made for “vaccine-refusing workers” like his constituent.

A spokeswoman for Health Minister Christine Elliott sent the email to reporters on Wednesday.

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The Liberals said in a statement that Gravelle’s comments were wrong and completely out of line with the party’s position on vaccinations.

Gravelle says in a statement that he deeply regrets “requesting advice” on the matter and he stands behind his party’s call for mandatory vaccinations in those sectors.

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He says he hopes his error doesn’t undermine Liberal John Fraser’s private member’s bill to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for front-line health and education workers.

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