Unvaccinated Canadians defy stigma in viral Twitter trend

Many Canadians have taken to Twitter to post their portraits and biographies since September 13, explaining that because of their choice not to be vaccinated, they have been tagged with derogatory labels.

Alberta’s Martin Belanger says he posted the original tweet that started the trend on Tuesday morning.

“I am a 55 year old Canadian. I am married, father of 4 children, university graduate and perfectly bilingual. I’m an engineer, solving problems for 35 years. I am a volunteer hockey coach and outdoor enthusiast. According to Trudeau, I am an extremist who must be dealt with, ”wrote Bélanger on his Account.

Belanger told The Epoch Times he posted this after watching a video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in which he made disparaging remarks about the unvaccinated.

“I had seen this video hundreds of times before, but for some reason on Tuesday it made me angrier than usual and compelled me to post my story. It went from there” , says Belanger.

The video is from when Trudeau gave an interview to a French TV channel in September 2021.

Trudeau had said there are “people fiercely opposed to vaccination, who do not believe in science, who are often misogynistic, often racist”.

“They’re not very many, but they take up a lot of space…As a leader, as a country, do we tolerate these people or do we say go.”

The format Bélanger used went viral, with Twitter identifying the topic as trending over a few days.

“I am a 34-year-old Canadian of Jamaican origin, engineer and project manager. I am a husband and father of two young boys aged 5 and 2. Because I made a different medical choice, Justin Trudeau says I am an ideologically motivated extremist, racist and misogynist. wrote Devon Thompson.

“I am 56 years old. I live in AB. My son is in 3rd grade Uni. I have a career that I love. I appreciate kindness and conversation. I discovered that freedom is one of my core values. I lost a lot during C-19. Justin Trudeau says I am an extremist who should not be tolerated,” wrote Marnie Stretch.

“I am a 37 year old father of three and an 8th generation Canadian. I’ve paid huge taxes every year since I was 15 and I employ over a dozen Canadians. I have never taken a dollar from the government or broken the law and according to Trudeau I am an extremist,” wrote entrepreneur and author BR Sutton.

The trend has also spread to at least one politician, with Alberta UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith.

“I am an educated, independent woman running for premier of Alberta, but because I believe no Canadian should be discriminated against for refusing a COVID vaccine, according to Justin Trudeau, I am a misogynist with unacceptable views that need to be dealt with,” she job September 16.

Bélanger says he was taken by surprise by the phenomenon.

“Literally, tens of thousands of people have posted their stories. And that resonates with a lot because it’s a simple message,” he says.

“We are all Canadians, we all have a story, we are all worth listening to. This is a message for all politicians, not just liberals. Don’t take us for granted and stop trying to divide us.

Bélanger pushes back against claims on Twitter that what he started is an orchestrated political campaign.

“How can I orchestrate this? ” he asks. “I work as an entrepreneur in the oil and gas sector. I’m not even a member of a political party.

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Noé Chartier is an Epoch Times reporter based in Montreal. Twitter: @NChartierET Gettr: @nchartieret

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