Manitoba’s Prime Minister Heather Stefanson says the province’s infrastructure minister will be out of work if he is not vaccinated within the next two weeks.
Ron Schuler is the lone Manitoba MLA who has not revealed his vaccination status.
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Stefanson said Wednesday that all members of the caucus and cabinet must be fully vaccinated by December 15th.
“Premier Stefanson expects all members of the Cabinet and the caucus to be fully vaccinated in time for new requirements for access to the Manitoba Legislative Building,” a spokesman for Stefanson’s office said in a statement.
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“This includes the Minister of Infrastructure.”
If Schuler is not vaccinated within the deadline, Stefanson says he will be removed from the caucus and cabinet.
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Stefanson has set December 15 as the start date for new requirements that will allow only the fully vaccinated to have access to the Legislative Assembly.
Given the timeline, Schuler would not have time to begin the 45-plus-day journey of being fully vaccinated with a two-dose vaccine if he had not already received at least one shot.
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Stefanson on Tuesday avoided calls to remove Schuler from the cabinet.
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Global News contacted Schuler’s office for a comment and specifically asked if he would be able to continue in the caucus after the deadline.
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“As it was said in the House yesterday, no one in the Caucus is against vaccinations, but my personal health information is a private matter and I do not discuss my personal health information publicly,” he said in a statement.
Stefanson said the deadline of Dec. 15 could be moved up if appropriate systems are in place.
– With files from Brittany Greenslade, Rosanna Hempel and Skylar Peters
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