Nadine Wilson MLA

Saskatchewan Rivers Constituency 1-888-763-0615

Children and Government Mandates

In Dec 2021 I questioned the government about the effect of government mandates on children. The transcript of my question and the minister’s answer is as follows.

The Speaker: — I recognize the member from Saskatchewan Rivers. COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children Ms. Wilson: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Saskatchewan children deserve to have a safe and free childhood. The benefits of the societal lockdowns and restrictions have been exaggerated, and the harms to our children and society have been severe. We have lost a generation. The harms to children and the undiagnosed illness that will result in years to come will impact them in many ways — depression, anxiety, experimental drugs, and suicides — due to lockdown policies.

Can you guarantee these parents their child will be 100 per cent safe after the COVID vaccine? What will you say to the parents when not? Who will be accountable? Now we hear whispers again of new lockdowns and restrictions. Can the Premier answer these concerns? Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

The Speaker: — I recognize the Minister of Health. Hon. Mr. Merriman: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I’m glad to report to the House that we do have the highest vaccination rate of our children right now. And it’s very important that the families — as I’ve said in this House and I’ve said in the public, Mr. Speaker — have that discussion around the kitchen table of the importance of vaccines, how this could protect themselves, their children, their grandparents, their friends, and their community, Mr. Speaker. I’m very pleased to say that this is working, Mr. Speaker. We have had great conversations. We’ve seen huge uptake. Almost 250,000 people have got their vaccinations since we’ve implemented the measures in the beginning of September, Mr. Speaker. Those measures are working, and we continue to make sure that everybody has access to a vaccine that is eligible. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

(The video below shows the question being asked. Video of the answer is not available.)