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Calgary organization to challenge Legault’s COVID tax in court

An Alberta organization that opposes several measures adopted by governments to deal with COVID-19 intends to sue the government of Quebec if it goes ahead with its plan to tax the unvaccinated.

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“The“ COVID Tax ”(“ Health Contribution ”) proposed by Quebec constitutes a flagrant violation of the fundamental rights of Quebecers under the Charter, and an infringement of equality before the law for which Canada was once famous”, lawyer John Carpay, president of the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms, denounced in a statement Thursday.

According to him, imposing a tax on the unvaccinated constitutes “a flagrant attack on a minority of the society”. He adds “that there is no medical or scientific justification for the financial persecution and discrimination against citizens not ‘injected with COVID’.”

“We are going to fight this discriminatory and unscientific tax before the courts and defend the right to bodily autonomy of Quebecers and all Canadians. This injustice has no place in Canada. ”

“We think we are there, said Prime Minister François Legault on Tuesday, speaking of his government’s project, the details of which have not been specified. All the adults who will not agree to go for at least a first dose in the coming weeks will have to pay a bill because there are consequences on our health network. “

In its press release, the Justice Center also criticizes Quebec’s decision to impose a curfew, asserting that in North America, “Quebec is thus the only state to have imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 am, in addition to having put in place “COVID passports” for places of worship and businesses deemed “non-essential” by politicians “. “Quebec has also prohibited access to alcohol and cannabis shops for people” not injected with COVID “, deplores the organization.

Last year, the Justice Center for Constitutional Freedoms took a stand in favor of Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), when he was arrested in Manitoba for violating health orders. public as he prepared to give a speech against containment during an anti-containment rally. The lawyers of the Center had represented Mr. Bernier to have him released. “The Justice Center is ready to defend the civil liberties of Mr. Bernier,” said John Carpay at the time.

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