LILLEY: Mandatory vaccinations are an affront to Canadian ideals


To commit to a drastic measure such as compulsory vaccinations for a small group of people would be politically dangerous and practically difficult.

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Since the start of the pandemic, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has gone from being a beloved document to an afterthought.

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Governments of all stripes and at all levels have ignored Charter guarantees for action to defeat COVID-19. And most Canadians have welcomed and embraced the measures.

Now we seem to be poised to do it again with the Trudeau Liberals pushing the provinces to adopt mandatory vaccination policies, not for certain specific jobs or activities, but for the general population.

“I see him coming personally,” Federal Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos said on Friday. “Not now. I don’t think we’re there yet.

It would be difficult for the federal government to impose such a mandate, so Duclos said the federal government wants the provinces and territories to do so.

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“This is a conversation that I believe the provinces and territories, in support of the federal government, will want to have over the next few weeks and months,” he said.

We want the provinces to do the dirty work for us. We want the provinces to violate the Charter guarantees regarding freedom of conscience and religion and the right to life, liberty and security of the person.

This is what a mandatory vaccination policy would do.

I may be triple vaxxed and encourage everyone to get vaccinated, but I don’t want to live in a country where governments can impose medical intervention on a citizen as a condition of life. So far, most terms have been limited to certain jobs or activities, a fact that would likely help them survive a Charter challenge.

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This idea, however, goes beyond saying that a doctor or nurse treating vulnerable people must be vaccinated, it goes beyond restricting movement, it goes far beyond school vaccination requirements, which allow parents to withdraw. It would go against what we have said we believe in as a country and make a mockery of the Charter that Trudeau and the Liberals are wrapping themselves in every moment.

Fines rather than forced inoculation would be the most likely way to achieve this. This is what some European countries are doing. Greece imposes a monthly fine of around $ 144 for people over 60 who are not vaccinated while Austria is considering a fine equivalent to $ 5,000 for people over 50 without a vaccine.

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Some provinces are already saying no.

“The Legislative Assembly of Alberta removed the power of mandatory vaccination from the Public Health Act last year and will not reconsider this decision, period,” Alberta Premier Jason said Friday. Kenney.

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Scott Moe of Saskatchewan also rejected the idea.

“While we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from serious illness, in Saskatchewan it is a personal choice, not a choice imposed by the government,” Moe said.

At this point, neither Ontarian Doug Ford nor Quebecer François Legault have commented on Duclos’ statement.

The idea flies in the face of what Trudeau himself repeatedly said just a few months ago when he promised vaccines to anyone who wanted one, but denied that any warrant would come.

“We are not a country that makes vaccination mandatory,” Trudeau said during an appearance on the Brandon Gonez Show in May 2021, citing people who might oppose it on health or religious grounds during this interview. .

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That was of course before his government did a poll that showed it could gain an advantage by politicizing this issue, channeling the anger of vaccinated Canadians against unvaccinated ones. That is what he did in the last federal election and that is what his government is still doing.

Trudeau tries to use anger and emotions rather than facts, science and data to drive his agenda.

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The truth is, about 90% of all adults in Canada are vaccinated – this is higher for the most-at-risk age groups and vaccine uptake among the least-at-risk age groups. continues to grow. There is also the fact that the hospital crush that is going on right now is mostly made up of vaccinated patients coming in sick and vaccinated staff calling in sick.

To commit to such a drastic measure as compulsory vaccinations for a small group of people would be politically dangerous and practically difficult.

If Canadians believe in the Charter that is meant to be dear to us, we should all reject it.

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