Note from Michael, Feb. 11, 2022 | Preparedness for Convoy on Saturday

From the desk of Dr. Michael Gardam, Health PEI CEO

Hi everyone, 

As all of you would have seen in media, there is a national movement demonstrating in Ottawa and across the country against public health mandates and other issues, including a convoy of tractor trailers. 

We are aware that this weekend there will be a demonstration with a convoy running through Charlottetown.

We understand the route will being around 1 p.m. on Saturday on Malpeque Rd, near the intersection with the bypass, and travel down University avenue, before turning left at the Cenotaph and continuing back to the bypass. We expect this demonstration may go for several hours. 

The convoy through town will likely impact travel for some people. We ask that you look at your path to work and avoid the convoy route if possible to avoid delays.

We have not heard that there is any intention for this convoy to cause disruption to services or health care, and we trust their full intent is to provide a peaceful demonstration. That said, all it takes is a few protesters having other ideas and things can derail quickly.

You are supported
I have heard from many people about how emotionally difficult it is to see people demonstrating against vaccination mandates and public health mandates when our own work has been to provide vaccines, testing and to care for people with COVID. I understand that this is disheartening, and many of us feel that. Personally, I struggle balancing the right to protest with the fact that I find many of their messages offensive and disrespectful of healthcare workers.  Please know that you as health care workers are supported by the vast majority, if not all Islanders, and certainly the full support of the Health PEI leadership team.  

While people do have a right to provide their opinions and peacefully demonstrate – that is part of what makes our democracy work – they do not have a right to disrupt health care services or other public services.

In other areas where similar convoys have taken place, some members of the convoy have blocked roads and caused disruptions in public spaces. 
Out of due diligence, we have taken steps to prepare in case of any disruptions, including ensuring site management are aware of the event, and putting processes in place to monitor any disruptions and responding to them as needed. 

For most of you, beside avoiding the convoy route, I expect it will be a normal day. 

A note about protesting/public demonstrations and social media use
As noted above, people have a right to peacefully demonstrate to show their opinions and beliefs, and that includes anybody from Health PEI. They do not have a right to disrupt health care service or other public services. 

Anyone who chooses to participate in this rally or other events of this nature, please be mindful of how you present yourself and your role as a Health PEI employee in circumstances that are or may be publicly viewed. Your participation is as a private citizen, not as a member of the Health PEI team. 

Please be mindful of not participating in conduct that may have a negative impact on Health PEI's reputation, either in public or in social media.

To view the Health PEI Social Media Policy, log-in to the PDMS website

Please send questions, comments, or submissions for these notes to emclean@gov.pe.ca, subject line “Notes for Michael”.

Last Updated
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 12:30