Freedom Rally spokesman to hunt PPC nomination

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May 31, 2021 • • 45 minutes ago • • 3 minutes read • • Join the conversation Retired Toronto firefighter Greg Galante, who spoke frequently at the Freedom Rallies in North Bay, announced Monday that he was seeking the nomination for the People’s Party of Canada in nipissing-timiskaming. Michael Lee / The Nugget

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A frequent speaker at the bi-weekly Freedom Rallies in North Bay has announced his intention to seek nomination from the People’s Party of Canada for riding nipissing timiskaming.

Greg Galante, a retired Toronto firefighter who lives in Commanda, announced his plans to enter federal politics at the final anti-lockdown rally on the North Bay coast on Monday.

Galante told The Nugget that he was one of the founders of the local constituency federation for the People’s Party, which he joined in part because Leader Maxime Bernier had been consistent in his views and positions for years.

About 70 people at the About 70 people at the Freedom Rally in North Bay on Monday stand for the singing of O’Canada. Michael Lee / The Nugget

“I’m a reluctant politician, I don’t want to be, but I have no choice,” Galante told the crowd of around 70 people, “and we are at a time when we have to make a political choice.”

Questioning the extension of emergency measures, Galante said, “There is no science behind this and we have to keep asking questions and pushing and not taking no for an answer.”

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He also referred to a motion tabled by the Quebecois Bloc last week and backed by the House of Commons that said it was irresponsible to hold general elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There were 327 MPs from all parties who voted in favor of the motion. It is the government’s responsibility to do everything possible to prevent voters from voting before the end of the pandemic. Ontario Independent MP Derek Sloan was the only one to vote against.

North Bay Coun. Mark King ran in the 2019 general election for the People’s Party, which Bernier started after running unsuccessfully to run the Conservative Party.

King had been dismissed as a conservative candidate for allegedly buying memberships with a corporate credit card.

He finished as the last of five candidates, with incumbent Liberal MP Anthony Rota winning re-election. The People’s Party would also fail to win seats as Bernier lost while riding Beauce in Quebec, which he won for the Conservatives in 2006.

The NDP has now nominated North Bay Couns. Scott Robertson as the party’s candidate in Nipissing-Timiskaming.

Independent MP Randy Hillier was supposed to be present at the recent North Bay rally, at which several people were summoned and summoned by the police.

However, the participants were informed that he would have to be called back to the legislature for a vote.

A vote was passed in Queen’s Park to extend the Ontario Reopening Act to December 1, which Hillier voted against. This is a move that the Ontario Federation of Labor has also criticized for reducing public oversight of emergency contracts and undermining democracy and workers’ rights.

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Sarah Choujounian, co-founder of Canadian Frontline Nurses, speaks at the on Monday Sarah Choujounian, co-founder of the Canadian Frontline Nurses, speaks at the Freedom Rally in North Bay on Monday. Michael Lee / The Nugget

Meanwhile, the rally heard from spokeswoman Sarah Choujounian, a co-founder of the Canadian Frontline Nurses, a group whose stated aim is to advocate for medical freedom.

Choujounian has been a registered nurse since 2004 and said she spent most of her career in a nursing home.

She was fired, she said, for posting her beliefs about bans online and is having her license reviewed.

“When the industry isn’t doing what’s best for people, it’s our job to agitate and speak out, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” Choujounian told reporters.

“We do what we were taught in school and it should stand for people when the industry doesn’t.”

While intimidating, she encouraged people not to wear masks or social distancing, and to open their stores to protest what she called “illegal” mandates.

Speaking to the crowd, she also discussed the poor treatment of the elderly for profit. She described her experience under bans as a “crime against humanity” and criticized the COVID-19 vaccine as an “unsafe experimental injection”.

As a survivor and advocate of child sexual abuse, Choujounian knows many people, including herself, who are struggling with mental health.

“As an alcoholic recovering and using the gym to stay sober, I can tell from experience that closing the gym while the liquor stores stay open is just bad,” she said.

“It has nothing to do with health, everything is upside down. You are being seriously questioned what the real agenda behind these lockdowns is. As someone struggling with mental health, I often feel like they are literally trying to kill us. “

With files from The Canadian Press

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