Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole and his family are being tested for COVID-19 on Wednesday after one of his staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. The staff member has been travelling with O’Toole. “While he hasn’t shown symptoms, Mr. O’Toole and his family are being tested out of an abundance of caution. Other staff who were travelling with Mr. O’Toole are also being tested and will be self-isolating,” reads a statement from the Conservatives. The statement said O’Toole’s office is contacting everyone he’s met with recently.
“My family and I are feeling well, but we take COVID-19 very seriously. Today was going to be Jack’s first day back at school, but instead, we will be getting tested and self-isolating per public health guidelines. The health and safety of my family and all Canadians is my top priority,” reads a statement from the Conservative leader.
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is isolating alongside his wife, Nancy Déziel, after she tested positive for COVID-19. A member of the Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS) also tested positive on Sept. 10.
The cases come as Parliament is set to resume next week. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said she hopes these cases lead MPs to consider virtual voting and a hybrid model for Parliament. “I think it’s a very real concern, because, of course, the nature of our work means we come into contact with people who may be in contact with other people,” she told a media scrum during a cabinet retreat in Ottawa on Wednesday.