Canadian Civil Liberties Association takes aim at Quebec’s vax tax

With COVID-19 cases putting Canada’s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated is coming under fire.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says the tax plan is deeply troubling, noting that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes individual autonomy over our bodies and medical decisions.

In an emailed statement Tuesday night, Cara Zwibel, the association’s interim general counsel, says the tax penalty is a divisive measure that will end up punishing and alienating those most in need of public health support and services.

She says Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s government should abandon what she calls a “constitutionally vulnerable proposal.”

Quebec on Tuesday reported 2,742 COVID-related hospitalizations, with 255 patients in intensive care, along with 62 other deaths.

The rapid spread of Omicron has caused staffing shortages across the country, prompting Ontario’s health minister to announce that internationally trained nurses will be allowed to work in hospitals, long-term care homes and other settings. health of the province.

In Nova Scotia, a legislative committee has heard that 25 of the province’s 133 nursing homes have stopped accepting new admissions due to staffing issues caused in part by the pandemic.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 12, 2022.

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