Last night after work I took my oldest daughter to vote. We arrived just after 8pm and the polls close @ 9pm. Last day of advanced polls. Macgregor, MB

To my surprise I was denied at the head of the line the right to vote.
I tried to explain that Elections Canada already put out a statement that month allowing for mask exemptions for voting.

Had documentation ready on my phone but she refused to look at it. attempts.
After a standoff I asked what the hold up is.

She started whispering to the other staff and they began flipping their name tags around.

She then said to the line of voters behind me that 911 was called.
The men in the line behind me got cross with me.

Some raised their voice saying I "don't have a right to vote."
"step aside"
"your inside without a mask just put one on"

Explained i am exempt and past 1 ½years we haven't worn masks shopping anywhere.

One man refused to believe
Asked to step aside several times by the staff to let others vote. I decline each time.

If I don't have a right to vote, then what foundation do I have for my other rights?

Told to come back on Monday. But what guarantee I asked the officials that they would let me vote then?
An hour and a half has past and the Police officer from Portage la Prairie arrives. That actually brought me relief.

He wanted to speak with me outside and said I was in no trouble but I was reluctant to leave my position.
"What guarantees do I have officer that they won't lock the doors behind me?"

Officer inquired on my behalf and they agreed to let me back in if everything checks out.

Outside I explain the situation.

Officer states he never had a situation like this before on voting & masks
Officer reads out the Elections Canada FAQs and Q&A. Determines I do have the right, proceeds to go inside for discussions.

Lady outside approaches me who witnessed the mob mentality to say it was unsettling.

Officer comes out & says we are waiting for their boss to arrive
Official arrives & while chuckling "provincial rules override" when approaching the officer & I.

Officer takes him in to talk.

Comes out and I can go in to vote in a corner as the volunteer didn't feel safe.
Canada 🇨🇦 I believe in you. Don't fall prey to division.

Division by sex, gender, vaccinated vs unvaccinated, rich vs poor, religion vs religion, political parties vs parties.

We are being blinded to what is really occurring.

Liberties exchanged for false senses of security
FYI The gentleman in the orange shirt with camo hat is a quite reasonable fellow.

Would shake his hand any day.

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