A Liberal candidate, who had expressed hesitation about the vaccine against COVID-19, joined the ranks before going to defend the colors of the party in view of the elections next October.
Rita Ikhouane, who is running in the Montreal riding of Gouin, is now properly vaccinated, a mandatory requirement for all Quebec Liberal Party candidates.
Yet until at the beginning of last October, Ms Ikhouane, who was then a candidate in the municipal elections in Montreal, was not yet fully vaccinated.
In an interview with Radio-Canada, she said that she wanted to “take [her] time and reflect, without feeling that [she] was doing something wrong”.
Called to react at the time, the leader of his municipal party, Balarama Holness, of Mouvement Montréal, who was not aware of Ms. Ikhouane's vaccination status, l had been banned from public training events, but without ruling out her candidacy.
Mrs. Ikhouane was also defeated in Côte-des-Neiges, where she was running as city councilor, with only 7.7% of the vote.
However, her perspective on the vaccine has now changed.
“I realize that the pandemic has taken on a greater scale than we initially thought,” she explains. in an interview with our Bureau of Investigation.
She maintains that she is not against the vaccine against COVID-19.
“ In everything that has to do with my health, I like to think about it, I like to take my time. I've always been like that. It has nothing to do with the vaccine or not,” she said.
Ms. Ikhouane says she was vaccinated twice, and received the second dose in late October or early November.
She says she had no intention of running for the Liberal Party then.
“It wasn't on my radar yet, she says. I got vaccinated out of civic duty. »
« The vaccine has proven itself. This is what allows us today to have a semblance of normal life,” she continues.
In Gouin, she will face a tough opponent, since the constituency is currently in the hands of Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, parliamentary leader of Québec solidaire and co-spokesperson.
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