Quebec crosses the line
Legault's tax on the unvaccinated contradicts the tenets of universal healthcare
Quebec Premier François Legault announced Tuesday that the province would impose a head tax on those who refuse to get vaccinated, setting off a debate about the meaning of universal healthcare.
Legault said the goal was to create “consequences” for the 10 per cent of Quebec’s eligible population who are unvaccinated and placing a “very important burden on our health-care network,” CBC News reported. As if being banned entry from most places isn’t sufficient consequence.
The premier didn’t specify when the fine would be implemented, nor its cost, but said it must be more than just $100, and could be included in people’s provincial tax filings. He didn’t say whether it would be for those in 2021, which are due by the end of April.
As of next week, Quebeckers will have to show proof of vaccination to enter cannabis and liquor stores. Why Legault didn’t wait to see the full impact of this policy is anyone’s guess.
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