Jan 12, 2022
By Jane Brown
An unprecedented plan by Quebec’s premier to tax adult residents who refused to be vaccinated against COVID 19 just might be a legal non-starter in Canada.
Francois Legault made the announcement Tuesday as his province reported another daily record for virus related hospitalizations.
Legault says there need to be repercussions since one in 10 adult Quebecers are unvaccinated but account for half of intensive care patients.
Legault admits he’s still talking to legal advisors to see how what amounts to a vaxx tax can be imposed.
But a representative with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says the tax plan is deeply troubling, noting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes individual autonomy over our bodies and medical decisions.
In an emailed statement Tuesday night, Cara Zwibel says the tax penalty is a divisive measure that will end up punishing and alienating those who may be most in need of public health supports and services.
She says Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s government should abandon what she calls a “constitutionally vulnerable proposal.”
Zwibel will be among the panelists discussing this hot button issue Wednesday on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer after the noon news.
At the same time, a Maru Public Opinion poll reveals 60 percent of Canadians would support a health surcharge on the unvaccinated.
The plan by Quebec’s premier was announced as hospitalization rates linked to COVID continue to rise in that province.
The fine would be a first in Canada, but the idea has already been implemented in Greece where people 60-plus who are unvaccinated are charged about $1700 a year.
In Singapore, as of January 1st, unvaxxed people who get treated for COVID in hospital are billed for their stay.
And in Austria, a $20,000 a year tax goes into effect in February on everyone 14 and older who remains unvaccinated against COVID-19.