A backbench member of Congress who participated in the Conservative leadership race with a promise to begin an investigation into the COVID-19 pandemic states that he is aware of the “political reality” he is facing.
Mark Dalton, the second representative of British Columbia, who speaks French at Metis, says he entered the contest because he felt he had to do it.
“I don’t have $ 300,000 right now,” he said, referring to the fees that candidates have to pay to get the party in.
“It can come. I hope it comes.”
Prior to becoming a member of parliament, Dalton was a liberal MLA in British Columbia. He is a political risk taker and says that even putting your name forward “needs guts”.
“Winning is not always the leading candidate,” he said of the priority voting system that the party uses to select leaders.
“It’s the second and third option.”
Dalton announced his candidacy in a short video posted on social media. He appeared there as a background before the image of the House of Commons room.
He is the fourth member of the race to participate in the race, after Pierre Poirievre, Resulin Lewis and Scott Hichison.
In his launch video, Dalton is running on the “Better Canada” tagline. Together “—We will begin a national survey on the COVID-19 pandemic and promise to consider spending and the” compulsory “measures the government has used to vaccinate people.
He also says the investigation will look at what the government knew about what he called vaccine injuries.
Health experts around the world say vaccines against the new coronavirus are safe and the most effective tool to prevent hospitalization.
Health Canada states that harmful side effects can occur, but they are rare. We regularly publish data on this issue, stating that of the 81 million or more doses administered so far, there are approximately 8,600 reports of side effects that can be considered serious.
Dalton says concerns about side effects have caught his attention by locals and the family had a bad experience.
Dalton says he experienced side effects such as difficulty walking after the first dose. He received a second dose, but he chose not to get a booster.
“I got good results,” he said.
The MP does not oppose vaccination and says it does not want to encourage vaccination hesitation. He says he had an autoimmune problem in his family and was worried about getting vaccinated, so he consulted his doctor who recommended that he be shot.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been featured extensively in other candidate campaigns. Poilievre supports the need to end all COVID-19 mandates. It was also sought by Lewis and independent Ontario MP Roman Baber, who was running after Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford had kicked him out of the caucuses because he spoke against the blockade.
Asked what makes his message about the pandemic different from other candidates, Dalton said he didn’t know, but pointed out that he was the only lawmaker to talk about vaccine injuries.
“I didn’t really see what others were saying. I just said what I felt was important.”