He called it his "Rosa Parks moment."
Durham Regional Police told Narcity they received a call yesterday just before 10 a.m. regarding Mackie at an Oshawa Tim Hortons because he refused to wear a mask or show his vaccination status.
Police say on arrival, "Mackie refused to leave when directed by the Tim Hortons employee" and was charged with trespassing.
Mackie took to Twitter, calling the incident his "Rosa Parks" moment.
Mackie explained his side of the story, saying he was going to his local Tim Hortons "to order a coffee and have a seat and read a book (or talk with friends) in non-compliance with the vaccine passport (this has nothing to do with masking)," adding "I will never wear the mask that battle is already in the past for me."
Mackie's refusal to wear a mask or show his vaccine certificate or leave the premises was the issue for employees at the Tim Hortons. However, Mackie highlights a different issue in his statement.
"This is about segregation based on my religious exemption to this vaccine. I cannot change my religion like I cannot change my skin colour or my sex. Some people change theirs I cannot! That is why this is my 'Rosa Parks' moment."
The Oshawa PPC candidate also disclosed he was dealing with "racist attacks" because of his stance.
"I am taking a lot of racist attacks, belittling my faith, for my stance. "You're a white boy...so privileged... you cannot be oppressed etc.) What identifiable group is most murdered and persecuted across the world? That's right Christians by a country Mile!"
Mackies says all he asks is that his "religious exemption be respected and upheld according to the Ontario Human rights Code & Immunization Act and other Laws."
He adds, "Anyone who truly knows me [knows] my faith is very important to me!"
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