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Political response to anti-vaxxers too slow, too deferential 

By Susan Riley       

It is time all political leaders acknowledge the sensible, significant majority of Canadians who did the responsible—and, frankly, easy—thing and got their shots.

Anti-vaxxers' signs, pictured in White Rock, B.C., in 2021. Time to stop rewarding the refuseniks. Time to start governing for the reasonable, rather than catering to an unhinged rump. Call their bluff, writes Susan Riley. Photograph courtesy of Flickr/Ted McGrath

CHELSEA, QUE.—It is long past time that governments, institutions, unions, corporations, school boards—especially health-care providers, but, basically, anyone who delivers a public service—stopped cowering in the face of anti-vaxxers, stopped trying to reason with ill-informed or bad-tempered zealots, stopped extending deadlines, and watering down regulations to suit the obstinate and the ignorant.

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