ASHCROFT (September 20, 2021) – The BC Liberals want to know what specific actions John Horgan and the NDP are taking to enforce the law and protect students and staff, after anti-vaccine protestors entered schools in the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District (83) late last week.
“No one should ever feel unsafe at school, especially in a year where our students and educators continue to face unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic,” said Opposition Education Critic Jackie Tegart. “These protests were completely unacceptable and it’s now up to John Horgan and his government to outline what immediate steps will be taken to ensure students and staff are protected from this type of situation from ever happening again.”
Friday’s events followed a series of mass protests at hospitals across B.C. earlier in the month, which led to British Columbians missing vital medical appointments while straining the mental well-being of exhausted front-line workers and staff.
“We respect Canadians’ right to peaceful protest, but there are places for British Columbians to express their opinions that don’t interrupt our schools or target front-line workers,” said Opposition Critic for Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris. “These invasions of our hospitals and schools are repulsive and unlawful. While the introduction of legislation to create protest-free buffer zones around schools and hospitals may be a future action, people are looking for John Horgan and his government to enforce the Offences section under the School Act and ensure no one’s safety or well-being is ever threatened by these protestors again.”