Public servants launch campaign against required vaccinations

By October 19, 2021October 20th, 2021COVID-19

A public servant from the Department of National Defence has launched a campaign against required COVID-19 vaccinations for the federal public service titled, “Feds for Freedom.”

The graphic designer started the campaign in August, shortly after Treasury Board announced its intent to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all federal public servants but the campaign has been gaining traction recently, as public servants have until October 29 to confirm their vaccination status online.

The campaign’s Facebook group has reached over 3,500 members with over 700 new additions in the last week alone.

The group is moderated by five administrators who work at departments ranging from the Department of National Defence to Transport Canada.

The campaign is described as not an anti-vaccination campaign but rather an anti-mandatory and pro-choice campaign.

A quote from former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker appears consistently throughout the campaign’s web and social media platforms, “I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong…”

Feds for Freedom on Facebook

On the social media platform Telegram, the campaign organizer posted, “I am a graphic designer whom has been with the Department of National Defence since 2013. I sincerely believe that these mandates are fundamental wrong. FedsForFreedom was developed to help Canadian Federal Public Service employees & federally regulated employees connect, share information & enact initiatives that will push back to the unions and our employers against this. The path everyone chooses is their own path, we are not here to council you. Only give you all of your options and let you make your own informed choice for you and your families future. STAY STRONG, STAND TALL & HOLD THE LINE!”

Feds for Freedom on Instagram

In addition, 50/50 raffles are being held with funds raised going to, “cover the immense cost of taking on the system, the narrative, and tyranny itself.”

Over $3,600 was raised from the first raffle.

The campaign has also sent a letter to the Prime Minister which cites the Canadian Constitution, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Criminal Code, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the Canadian Human Rights Act.

The end of the letter touches on mental health, “Well, we are here to tell you that the Federal Government of Canada employees are not okay.”

On November 15, public servants unwilling to be vaccinated or disclose their vaccination status could be placed on leave without pay.

The campaign’s website includes a decision tree about next steps and lists possibly pursuing legal action against public service unions if grievances aren’t effective.

The campaign also highlights they accept no responsibility or liability for harms or losses that any public servant may face as a result of following their direction.

Other links:

Feds for Freedom website

Feds for Freedom on Telegram