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(LifeSiteNews) — My guest on today’s episode of The John-Henry Westen Show is a Canadian veteran and father of two who was fired for refusing to take the COVID jab.

Jesse DeCosta served 12 years in the Canadian Army and then 10 more years as a military firefighter. More recently he was working as a contract firefighter at the Calgary Airport, a job he tells me he enjoyed.

But then Justin Trudeau’s despotic COVID vaccine mandate arrived in November 2021, whereupon DeCosta was placed on unpaid leave. Despite applying for a religious exemption with the support of Bishop Athanasius Schneider and his local priest, DeCosta’s jab exemption was denied. He was fired not too long after.

DeCosta tells me Trudeau reminds him of the tyrannical Roman emperor Nero.

“He reminds me of Nero while Rome burned, playing the fiddle,” he says. “You see all these other countries that even had these ridiculous mandates lifting them now and realizing it was never really warranted. And he’s just kind of still playing the fiddle as Rome burns and, like you said, unrepentant. He doesn’t care. It’s more about him having power over his minions.”

For much more with DeCosta, listen to today’s episode below:

The John-Henry Westen Show is available by video on the show’s YouTube channel and right here on my LifeSite blog.

You can send me feedback, or ideas for show topics by emailing [email protected].

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John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.


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