The Quebec government wants to impose a “significant” financial penalty on the “small minority” of Quebecers who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
We have reports coming in from all over the socialist nation of Canada that their governments are really tightening the screws against the unvaccinated, now from Quebec comes a report that they will impose a ‘significant tax burden’ on people who have chosen not to take the vaccine. How do you know something is a scam? When they attach a tax to it.
“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.” Proverbs 29:2 (KJB)
Funny thing, all this rage is directed at less than 10% of the population of Quebec that they accuse of “clogging the hospitals” because they’re unvaccinated, with about 50% of those hospitalized being unvaccinated. But that also means that the other 50%, the vaccinated, are “clogging the hospitals” at the same rate. Hmm, then why should anyone take a vaccine? Ahh, logic and reason, you have no place in this discussion of “science and medicine”.
Quebec plans to hit unvaccinated with a ‘significant’ tax
FROM THE NATIONAL POST: Premier François Legault made the announcement — which would be a first in Canada — during a press conference on Tuesday. He said he was working on the tax with Finance Minister Eric Girard while also reviewing the measure’s legality.
“Unfortunately, there is still a small minority, about 10 per cent of the population, that refuses to get vaccinated,” Legault said. “I sense the frustration from Quebecers towards that minority that … is clogging our hospitals. That is why I am announcing that we are currently working on a health contribution that will be charged to all Quebec adults who refuse to get vaccinated,” he continued, adding that people with medical exemptions would be excluded from the new tax.
Legault did not announce any details nor a date for the new tax, nor did he specify the amount except to say that it would be “significant.” The premier said that unvaccinated Quebecers currently occupy 50 per cent of intensive care unit beds in the province, despite being one tenth of the population.
“It is shocking,” he said. “People who refuse to get vaccinated impose a burden on health care personnel and an important financial burden on the majority of Quebecers. All adults in Quebec who don’t accept to go get at least a first dose in the next few weeks will have a bill to pay because there are consequences on our health system and its not up to all Quebecers to pay for that,” he added.
The measure, which is sure to be controversial both in the province and in Canada, was immediately criticized by opposition party Québec Solidaire as “radical” for “completely” forgetting vulnerable people such as the homeless or those suffering from severe mental health issues.
“I think it’s fair to call this a province-wide vaccine mandate… This is a pretty aggressive nudge,” says Tim Caulfield, a Canada research chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta.
Caulfield says the measure is likely to work “a bit,” but the devil is in the details, which are still lacking. He also thinks the social acceptability of the measure will also depend on the evolution of the pandemic over the next few weeks. Recent polls have shown the majority of vaccinated Canadians are increasingly frustrated by the unvaccinated few.
“Legault may feel this is a politically palatable move, despite how extreme it may seem,” he said. “If this continues to get worse, if the health-care system continues to be overburdened particularly by unvaccinated people, then this may not seem like such an extreme measure,” Caulfield says.
“If Omicron goes the other direction, if COVID goes the other direction, then I think that the perception of this might shift.”
The premier estimates that 1,000 more hospital employees and 1,500 long-term-care workers are needed to get through the fifth wave fueled by the extremely transmissible Omicron variant. Legault made the announcement at the same time as he announced a new head of the province’s public health agency. Dr. Luc Boileau is replacing Dr. Horatio Arruda, who announced his resignation Monday evening, mainly because he feared he had lost the confidence of the public. READ MORE
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