PERTH COUNTY – After becoming a founding member of the ‘End the Lockdowns National Caucus’, Perth County Coun. Daryl Herlick has decided to resign his seat on the Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) Board.
The ‘End the Lockdowns’ caucus seeks to provide formal challenges to current COVID-19 policies with a specific emphasis on ending the government’s use of province-wide lockdowns and stay-at-home orders
“The right thing for me to do is step down,” he told the Listowel Banner in a text on Feb. 16. “Health units are taking lots of heat … it’s not nice.”
He said he knew when he was joining the caucus he was potentially putting others in a tough spot.
“The last thing I want to do is put everyone at HPPH in a tough spot,” said Herlick. “Two years ago I sat as a board member, it was great.”
This year, he decided to serve on the board again.
“I had great intentions to see it through, but that being said, things have changed,” said Herlick. “So many family businesses are destroyed and I want answers from the province, but me sitting on the Heath unit puts me in a huge conflict as its public knowledge that the health unit has directions to follow and their hands are tied.”
Perth County council will likely be choosing a replacement representative to fill the vacant seat on the board at its meeting on Feb. 18.
Colin Burrowes is a Local Journalism Initiative Reporter with the Listowel Banner. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.