Dr. Matt Strauss is recognized for his opposition to pandemic lockdowns and mandates, while advocating for measures that protect those most vulnerable. In his hometown riding of Kitchener South-Hespeler, Dr. Strauss, the former acting medical officer of health for Haldimand-Norfolk, secured the Conservative nomination. He expressed his satisfaction in the fact that he and others are united in standing up for freedom and common sense. Dr. Strauss has also been known for his role as an assistant professor of medicine at Queen’s University and his work in intensive care at Kingston General Hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following his resignation from Queen’s University in 2021 and a subsequent lawsuit against the institution and its medical department, Dr. Strauss proceeded to become acting medical officer of health for Haldimand-Norfolk. In this role, he was vocal about the importance of nuanced, personalized, and non-coercive conversations regarding pandemic-related decisions. Dr. Strauss emphasized that his medical practice has always been evidence-based and that he has dedicated his life to saving lives. With a platform centered on issues such as housing, healthcare, and freedom, Dr. Strauss has been nominated as the Conservative candidate under party leader Pierre Poilievre. Recent polls have indicated a current lead for the Conservatives in the province of Ontario, with Dr. Strauss’s nomination reflecting a potential shift in voter preference.