Anti-protocol group registered as a political party in Nova Scotia

A group that protested against COVID-19 health protocols is now an official political party.

Nova Scotians United has been registered as the province’s sixth registered party, Elections Nova Scotia announced in a tweet on Wednesday.

The party has met the requirements of the electoral law, the ENS said.

These requirements include providing information such as the name of the party, the name and residential address of the party leader and two other officers and the party auditor.

The party must also provide a petition with the names of at least 25 voters in each of the 10 different electoral districts, whose signatures must have been obtained no earlier than 12 months before the request is submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer.

Prime Minister Tim Houston has been vocal in his criticism of groups protesting against public health protocols such as vaccination warrants.

“Some of you don’t want to (get the vaccine),” the prime minister said. “And I also know that you want to convince me that there is a reason not to get the vaccine. But let me be very clear. I do not agree with you. And no matter how many YouTube videos or conspiracy theories from so-called experts you send me, we won’t agree.

The Houston office did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Elections Nova Scotia said that as a non-partisan organization, it does not assess or comment on a political party‘s platform regarding groups accepted as registered parties.

The Nova Scotians United Facebook site does not offer a specific platform. A link to the party’s website led to an error page. One article referred to a plan for a homeless shelter.

The Facebook page includes videos of the protests, including a December 13 event where leader Leigh Baker recited a parody of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” that includes the phrase “we are here, to dispel Strang’s fear and spread the joy of Christmas “.

Baker’s poem also contained a reference to pine needle tea, possibly a reference to the group’s position on vaccines. Protesters also targeted a teahouse owner in downtown Halifax, apparently because he was tough on enforcing the provincial mask policy.

Dr. Robert Strang is the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nova Scotia. Although COVID-19 vaccines can in rare cases have unwanted effects, the risks far outweigh the benefits of protections against serious illnesses linked to COVID-19, according to public health officials.

Another post on the Nova Scotians United Facebook page promoted a rally at Stellarton last September. A poster for the rally listed its support for freedom and rights and a reference to the Nuremberg Code.

Groups have used this code of ethics created in response to Nazi medical experiments as a slogan to illustrate their view of COVID-19 vaccines as experimental. This tactic sparked outrage from Holocaust survivors and human rights groups.

COVID-19 vaccines have been found to be safe and effective by infectious disease experts and health agencies around the world.

A Nova Scotia public health spokesperson declined to comment on the registration of Nova Scotians United as a political party. Baker responded to a message after the deadline and said he would return to the Chronicle Herald on a request for an interview.

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