Niagara West MP sponsors 2nd petition promoting Ivermectin to treat COVID-19

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Published November 11, 2021 at 10:31 pm

Niagara West member of Parliament Dean Allison is, once again, lending his name to a petition calling on the Government of Canada to let people use a horse dewormer to treat COVID-19.

Over the last several months, Canadian and United States health authorities have repeatedly warned the public not to to self-medicate with Ivermectin, due to its potential toxicity. Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug which cannot be used to treat a virus, let alone variants of COVID-19.

Allison, a Conservative Party of Canada MP, has sponsored an official House of Commons petition that claims, “Ivermectin is a candidate to provide protection and prevention against COVID-19.” The undersigned, who numbered over 23,000 as of Thursday night, “call upon the Government of Canada to urgently examine the evidence in favour of ivermectin and consider making ivermectin available immediately to Canadians as a schedule II medication, obtained directly from a pharmacist.”

The petition opened on Oct. 26. InSauga has opted not to link to the petition since it spreads misinformation about a virus that has caused a worldwide pandemic.

Our World In Data estimates that 5.07 million people have died after contracting COVID-19. Studies on how many patients will suffer from long COVID are in the early stages, but it is estimated that as many as 15 per cent of people could have recurring symptoms.

Authorizing the publication of an e-petition does not mean that an MP endorses the views it expresses. However, an MP is also not obligated to authorize an e-petition’s publication or presentation to the House of Commons.

And Allison sponsored a petition this spring that ended with the exact same request to make Ivermectin available. It collected 4,830 signatures and was presented to the House of Commons on June 1.

Both that petition and the new one were initiated by Kanji Nakatsu, a Kingston, Ont., resident who is a retired pharmacology professor at Queen’s University.

‘If it was effective, we would use it’

In mid-August, Dr. Karim Ali, who is Niagara Health’s director of infectious diseases, implored Allison not to spread misinformation about Ivermectin.

“The jury is out on Ivermectin and there is no clinical benefit shown in current trials,” he said.

At that time, Dr. Ali added, “If it was that effective, we would use it.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, who represents Oshawa in the House of Commmons, has had trouble getting CPC MPs on the same page when it comes to the value of vaccination and COVID-19 protocols.

Last weekend, MP Marilyn Gladu claimed up to 30 CPC members were set to form a “civil liberties caucus.” Gladu, who represents Sarnia-Lambton, walked that back and apologized on Tuesday “for “inappropriate comments about COVID-19 vaccines.”

Allison, who has been in Parliment since 2004, was re-elected to a seventh term in the Feb. 20 federal election. His riding comparises Grimsby, Lincoln and Pelham, the townships of West Lincoln and Wainfleet, and a portion of St. Catharines.

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