- Quebec Set to Impose Tax on Unvaccinated Residents
by BLUEAPPLES, https://www.zerohedge.com/
Nationally, Justin Trudeau’s government has been able to impose some of the most restrictive vaccine requirements of any country in the world. Those measures go above and beyond those imposed in other places, including proof of vaccination requirements to enter bars, restaurants, and other indoor venues. Under Trudeau’s directive, Canadians are even unable to board trains and airlines for domestic travel without being vaccinated. Though those national measures have been criticized for their draconian effects, a provincial Canadian government is set to go even further in its efforts to punish the unvaccinated.
Quebec Premier François Legault revealed that his province plans to impose a tax on its unvaccinated residents. Though the premier’s office did not disclose the cost of the tax, it announced the initiative at a press conference scheduled to introduce Dr. Luc Boileau at the province’s interim health director who will be tasked with imposing the financial penalty. This measure is the first to be implemented in Canada.
Elsewhere in the world, notably in Austria, fines against the unvaccinated have been levied in order to drive vaccine rates higher. In Quebec, only about 10% of eligible adults have yet to be vaccinated. Despite the predominant majority of residents of the province being recognized as vaccinated, cases of COVID-19 have increased following the emergence of the omicron variant.