Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson says the province’s infrastructure minister will be out of a job if he isn’t vaccinated in the next two weeks.
Ron Schuler is the lone Manitoba MLA who hasn’t disclosed his vaccination status.
Stefanson said Wednesday all members of caucus and cabinet will need to be fully-vaccinated by Dec. 15.
“Premier Stefanson expects all members of cabinet and caucus to be fully vaccinated in time for new requirements for access to the Manitoba Legislative Building,” a spokesperson from Stefanson’s office said in a statement.
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“This includes the Minister of Infrastructure.”
If Schuler isn’t vaccinated by the deadline, Stefanson says he’ll be removed from caucus and cabinet.
Stefanson has set Dec. 15 as the start date for new requirements that will see only the fully-vaccinated allowed to access to the Legislature.
Given the timeline, Schuler would have no time to begin the 45-plus day journey to becoming fully-vaccinated with a two-dose vaccine, if he hasn’t already received at least one shot.
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Stefanson avoided calls Tuesday to remove Schuler from cabinet.
Global News reached out to Schuler’s office for comment, asking specifically whether or not he’d be able to continue in caucus past the deadline.
“As stated in house yesterday, no one in Caucus is opposed to vaccinations, however, 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 Dec. 15 deadline could be moved up if appropriate systems are put in place.
–With files from Brittany Greenslade, Rosanna Hempel, and Skylar Peters
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