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Coming soon: Justice Centre vs. Quebec

“Charter violations are with us to stay for as long as Canadians tolerate them,” says Justice Centre president John Carpay.

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The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms will issue a constitutional challenge against Quebec’s tax on the unvaccinated whenever it is enacted, says the organization’s president, John Carpay.

On Tuesday, Quebec Premier Francois Legault promised a “substantial” levy would soon be issued for those who were not vaccinated for COVID-19. In recent weeks, Quebec has imposed evening curfews and strict limits on allowed numbers in indoor gatherings and even revoked vaccine passports for anyone who hadn’t been triple-jabbed. As of January 6, that also excluded them from liquor and pot stores.

Carpay says the unvax tax only adds to the harsh measures and will increase the hardships of those without jobs for refusing the shot.

“To basically punish people financially, directly is going a step further,” Carpay said in an interview with the Western Standard.

“It’s already unconstitutional to coerce or pressure anybody into getting any medical treatment, so this takes it from bad to worse.”

Carpay says the Quebec proposal would violate Section 7 of the Charter which promises life, liberty, and the security of the person. He promises the Justice Centre will act when the tax is imposed.

“You’ve already got indirect financial consequences for a lot of unvaccinated people when they’re forced into unemployment. But this is this is a direct financial penalty imposed on a minority and is a clear violation of the Charter’s right to bodily autonomy,” Carpay said.

“We plan to challenge the policy in court if the current government moves ahead [because] we cannot challenge announcements of what the government is [only] planning to do.”

Legault announced the measure in a press conference Tuesday, one day after the resignation of the province’s chief medical doctor for the past 12 years, Dr. Horacio Arruda. Legault promised a “significant” levy, but was imprecise on the amount or the timeline for the measure.

The “contribution,” as Legault calls it, won’t convince everyone. Marc Belec Lafrance, of Saint-Eustache, Quebec told CTV the tax would have “no impact on my decision… They’ve taken everything away from me. And they can continue. It wouldn’t change anything.”

If Legault follows some European countries, Lafrance will feel the pinch. In Greece, those over 60 years old have until January 15 to be vaccinated or face fines of 100 euros ($144). Vaccination will be mandatory for those 14 and up in Austria as of February 1. The unvaccinated there will be charged 3,600 euros ($5,147) every three months.

Carpay, a former Alberta director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, was asked if Quebecers should protest the policy by withholding their taxes entirely. 

“Well, the Justice Centre takes no position on a tax revolt. I might personally,” Carpay said with a laugh, “but the Justice Centre has no position.”

In recent comments, the federal health minister touted mandatory vaccination. Whether this or even more onerous measures are ahead, Carpay could only speculate.

“We already have mandatory vaccination policies in place up to a point because you can get expelled from university or lose your job for exercising your right to bodily autonomy,” Carpay said.

“Imposing a tax or a fee or a fine is taking it one step further. And I guess a potential step after that, if the government wanted to go still further — and then this would be an even more outrageous violation of Charter rights — is where they physically pin you down to the ground and forcibly inject you against your will.”

Despite recent events and their potential trajectory, Carpay said he has faith for the longer term.

“Ultimately, truth vanquishes the lies and good triumphs over evil, but it’s a rough, rocky road between those two points,” he said.

“Charter violations are with us to stay for as long as Canadians tolerate them.”

Lee Harding is a freelance contributor to the Western Standard living in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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  1. Peter No

    January 15, 2022 at 2:45 am

    I donated to JCCF inb 2021 and will donate in 2022. But one have to be very naive to think that we can sue our government in the government appointed courts. I don’t recall tyrans to be removed from power by courts. Not Stalin or Hitler or Putin or Xi for sure. Only non-peacefull protests works in such cases.
    Government Courts, police, doctors, scientists – they all works for oppression, not for freedom.
    And JCCF part is to make waves which hopefully one day will splash hundred of thousands people on the streets to dethrone the nazists from Ottawa.

  2. SaskFreedom

    January 12, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    I think the only plausible thing that might save Canada is Trudeau falling from grace in the eyes of idiots. I think some of his supporters are do dumbed down, that important things don’t matter to them (if so he wouldn’t have been elected, ever). In the eyes of the simple, a simple thing such as Sophie Trudeau coming out and saying some horrible truth about him, might be the only thing that gets him the boot, finally. No international scandals, no ethics breaches… his supporters only care about simple things, like if Sophie were to divorce him and say he cheated on her, made her feel worthless or whatever… something stupid and irrelevant like that. They don’t care about liberties or ethics or accounting, just relationship gossip.

  3. berta baby

    January 12, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Where is the wild rose party leader Paul hinman.? …. He should be acting like mad max and all over this but he’s proving to be a slouch …. Kenney has said no to both the vaxx tax and the mandatory vaxx…. If he holds up I’m not wasting my vote on a wanna be political leader who can’t even act as a shadow opposition.

    All I hear from the so called wildrose party is no. Proofed emails that they quickly respond to to correct their mistakes …. Definitely not the “ freedom party” some thought they where.

  4. SaskFreedom

    January 12, 2022 at 2:41 pm

    @Berta, Thanks, I appreciate your response as well and have shared in many of the emotional roller coaster type days. I also wanted to move to the US before it got this bad, family assured me it wouldn’t, they were wrong and now Trudeau won’t let us leave N. Korea.
    I think a large part of the tyrannical attack on the people is psychological. I believe as you do, we must support JCCF to try to win this the right way. However, I would venture that the lack of enthusiasm comes from a loss of institutional trust in the courts to follow the law, given everything they’ve done that they shouldn’t have technically been able to do over the last two years. Vaccine passports for instance. That hasn’t been won, even though it’s a clear cut violation. They didn’t even have the decency to protect privacy rights when they quashed a bunch of other rights with the vax pass, but allowed testing. For instance in many parts of Europe they have a “health pass” which is green and runs off the same system if you have a negative test. That way going out for lunch doesn’t reveal your medical status, only whether you’re “allowed” to be there or not.
    I do not want to entirely lose hope, but it’s looking pretty bad. Even Australia allows negative test for travel, but not here in Canada. So I think the lack of enthusiasm doesn’t come from a place of non-support, to comes from an ever encroaching feeling Canada is too far gone, the system’s we are trying to use have been corrupted. And even if we win this one, there’s still so much that needs to be completely reversed that it leaves people pretty down.

  5. berta baby

    January 12, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    @saskfreedom…. I dont disagree with anything you said.

    For me I’ve bounced from wanting to flee to freedom ( Florida, Texas, etc) to wanting to fight for my ( family) freedom…. To not caring anymore , I believe my soul is secure …. And honestly if there was a country that mounted a military style offensive like they did in WW2 I would do my best to volunteer…. But I read all these comments of people quoting all the facts we know and say “ hang them all” or whatever…. And the JCCF announces they will fight it …. It is my expression that every church , every unvaxxed , every independent news source that reports on this should be banging the drumb to raise money to fight this in court.

    It starts in court and God willing gets shut down in court…. I just was put off by the lack of rah rah rah this article got …. Get the change out of the couch cause your right if the French fall we will be next…. We are Canadian this isn’t our first fight for freedom …. But it has to be tried in court first and that costs money….

    I appreciate the response

  6. SaskFreedom

    January 12, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Berta, agree the JCCF is worthy of us all supporting and it’s something we all need to do now to try. Not sure how it works for precedent for the rest of Canada as isn’t Quebec a different legal system? It’s likely to be struck down, then Quebec will use the not withstanding clause.

    You expressed confusion over why some people are so adamant to not taking a vaccine. You say you know it’s a scam. We should just give in partially then mount opposition to more?
    A couple things, No civilization has ever complied their way out of tyranny. You and the rest of us would not be facing potential mandatory injections and endless boosters if all the people who knew it was a scam hadn’t bent the knee on the first two jabs in order to go to Mexico this winter. This is how tyranny always progresses. They work on the fearful and stupid first, then they work on the people who are too busy to be inconvenienced or look “odd” and thus go with the flow, then there’s only a tiny percentage of hold outs left who they then demonize and neutralize.
    You are right, once the people who are completely obstinate to the tyrannical cause are dealt with by the tyrants, they’ll come after the next group that is less compliant. And so on and so forth. So if you are in the group that draws the line at say 3rd booster or 4th booster, you’d better hope the people against a single vaccine stick around, because if we don’t, they’ll go for those with only 1 shot, then they’ll go for those without a booster etc.
    The other thing you asked if why? Everyone has their line, some peoples line begins at the first unwanted injection. The reasons this is a unwanted injection vary and overlap. Religious beliefs (and not just about abortion either, there’s lots of religious beliefs against mRNA), then there’s philosophical beliefs (libertarian around who owns ones body), and there are of course the countless health objections. Some people hold one of these beliefs others hold several.
    Some people hold these beliefs very dear, and those who don’t are more likely to have lines that extend somewhere after the first injection. In short, some people had very well defined beliefs and principles at the onset and valued those beliefs and principles enough to not get injected once. I know several of these people draw the line on being separated from their underage children, which is coming but has not yet been crossed in a blanket manner (save situations with dual child custody where this is happening). People are adamant according to how deeply held their beliefs are and how well defined they are. If one is ok with a little bit of rights trampling tyranny their line may not be until the 3rd jab or children being jabbed. Everyone has a different line. But either way you look at it, if the “obstinate” who are against even one jab are defeated entirely they’re going to go down the chain, and sooner or later, everyone except the tyrants running all this will be disenfranchised in some way. Anyone against this tyranny should be for the most obstinate for self preservative reasons, even if you don’t share the same beliefs or do hold them but to a less passionate degree.

  7. berta baby

    January 12, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    I don’t understand how people can be so admit to not take a vaccine ( shut the fuck up I know it’s a scam ) but they are willing to be jailed or whatever go on the run perhaps die ina heroic stand off with a single shot rim fire rifle against military styled police….and where I get cloudy is for what a better quality of life? A longer life?

    Why don’t people move to the states ? I mean if it’s going to be 8 vaccine shots and no liberty here why wait?

    I know so many people on both sides and yes vaccinated people tend to be little communist bitches that a would rather not hang out with …BUT if you can’t donate beer money to the JCCF and your that against a RNA shot and all you can do is bitch … I have a few vaccinated friends you may enjoy hanging out with

  8. Only Freedom Matters Now

    January 12, 2022 at 1:06 pm

    Why don’t they just come out with their ‘final solution’ for the ‘unvaccinated.’
    It is obvious that our governments are now only drug pushers for the pharmaceutical companies and they are not going to stop until every citizen is on their ‘drug plan.’ But some, like myself, are never going on their drug plan, so I say, stop messing around and cut to the chase: what is the final solution for people like me?

  9. Boris Hall

    January 12, 2022 at 12:46 pm

    Canada under the poisonous satanic Trudeau is now becoming Nazi Germany more by the day
    This is evil
    Thank you to the JCCF
    God and justice are on your side

  10. Patricia Seddon

    January 12, 2022 at 11:52 am

    People will just move out of desperation.
    More legal challenges need to be made for a few things, although I have no confidence in our judicial system anymore. Judges are just too beholden to the supreme ruler…

  11. berta baby

    January 12, 2022 at 9:34 am

    I will be donating to this cause… one on one the facists win but if everyone donates a thousand dollars or more to the JCCF we can win.

    What will it cost you when kenney bends the knee in the not to distant future?

    In WW2 they said , if we don’t fight them over there we will be fighting them here.

    I implore everyone for Freedoms sakes to donate what they can to the JCCF .

    Or else shut the fuck up and stop bitching , and take the shots for ever

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Ottawa press gallery discusses letting Chinese propaganda agency in

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

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Officials with the Parliamentary Press Gallery held a behind closed doors meeting on Tuesday to talk about letting reporters from Xinhau, the Chinese Community Party’s propaganda agency, into the club, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

“The gallery is not bound by any outside political considerations,” said gallery president Catherine Levesque of the National Post. 

“We are doing our due diligence to ensure Xinhua meets certain criteria and we will be making a decision shortly.”

Xinhua has been accused of misusing press privileges at the direction of Chinese diplomats.

“Membership in the Parliamentary Press Gallery allows access to the secure physical buildings of the parliamentary precinct and the opportunity to directly question individuals who drive and shape public policy,” gallery directors wrote in a 2020 code Journalistic Principles And Practices.

“As a result, accreditation is a privilege, not a right.”

Xinhua had been a member until 2020 when its press pass lapsed.

The Department of National Defence in 2012 blacklisted the agency from attending its press briefings, and a Xinhua correspondent in 2012 disclosed he was asked to maintain surveillance on Chinese dissidents in Canada.

The gallery would not discuss the Xinhua application but the gallery code states members must “respect the rights of people involved in the news.”

The Commons by a unanimous 266-0 vote last February 22 condemned China for human rights atrocities including the genocide of its Uyghur Muslim community. MPs also voted to petition the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Games from Beijing.

“We need to move forward, not just as a country but as a world, on recognizing the human rights violations that are going on in China,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier told reporters.

“This is an issue that matters deeply to me, to all Canadians, and we will continue to work with our partners and allies on taking it seriously.”

Xinhua was originally granted Press Gallery membership in 1964 at the request of then-Foreign Minister Paul Martin Sr.

“It is a step in the direction of mutual understanding between Canada and mainland China,” Martin said at the time. Membership was approved in a press credentials swap that saw the Communist Party permit the Globe & Mail to open a Beijing bureau.

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PHA head says cellphone snooping fears unwarranted

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

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The president of the Public Health Agency (PHA) says Canadians need not fret over the fact his organization snooped on 33 million cellphone users, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

Dr. Harpreet Kochhar said managers at no time collected information that personally identified any of 33 million cellphone users.

“No personal information was asked or was received,” Kochhar told the Commons health committee.

“No individually identifiable data is contained in any part of the work.”

The Commons ethics committee last Friday voted 10-0 to examine the data collection program using cellphone tower tracking. The PHA said it sought the information to monitor compliance with lockdown orders.

“The actual reason why we collected this data is reliable, timely and relevant public health data comes out of it for other policy and decision making,” said Kochhar.

“This is population-level mobility data analysis. This is what we have collected.

“That would help us to understand the possible link between the movement of populations within Canada and the impact on COVID-19. We did that in terms of a very clear way of getting that open and transparent means of collection. We never, ever actually know when we use that information that it is individually identifiable. It is aggregated data.”

MPs on the ethics committee earlier noted cellphone users were never told the PHA was collecting the cellphone tracking data. Conservative MP John Brassard (Barrie-Innisfil, Ont.), noted the scope of the monitoring was only detailed when the Agency issued a December 17 notice to contractors to expand the program.

“It becomes increasingly concerning that government is seemingly using this pandemic as a means and a cause for massive overreach into the privacy rights of Canadians,” said Brassard.

“As parliamentarians, it’s incumbent upon us to make sure we protect those rights, that there is proper scrutiny and oversight.”

“The Public Health Agency was collecting data without the knowledge of Canadians, effectively doing it in secret. We need to know what security measures were in place to protect the privacy rights of Canadians.

“It is vital we do not allow the COVID response to create a permanent backslide of the rights and freedoms of Canadians including their fundamental right to privacy.”

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Health Minister Duclos has no info on $150-million COVID contract to SNC-Lavalin

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

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SNC-Lavalin was given a $150-million sole-source contract to provide “urgently” needed field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic — but Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos doesn’t seem to know much about it, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The field hospitals were never used.

“This is obviously in support of the needs at the request of provinces and territories,” said Duclos.

But testifying at the Commons health committee, Duclos had no answer when asked why the contract was issued.

“What is the status of the mobile field hospitals SNC-Lavalin was contracted to produce?” asked Conservative MP Shelby Kramp-Neuman (Hastings-Lennox, Ont.).

“It was an example of the significant level of preparation that we did throughout the crisis,” replied Duclos.

“Why have the field hospitals from SNC-Lavalin not been deployed?” asked Kramp-Neuman.

Duclos replied he had no information on “the exact nature of the state of that equipment.”

“Did the Prime Minister’s Office approve of this?” asked MP Kramp-Neuman.

“That’s a public works question,” replied Duclos.

“We’re not getting a lot of clarity here,” said MP Kramp-Neuman, adding: “The buck stops with you. Sadly, I recognize you don’t have all the answers to everything, but it doesn’t seem like we’re getting a lot of answers to anything.”

An unidentified Department of Public Works manager finalized the SNC-Lavalin contract on April 9, 2020 without notice to other bidders.

“A public call for tenders was not issued due to the urgency of the need as a result of the pandemic,” said an internal e-mail.

However, as late as Sep. 9, 2020, the Québec contractor had still not fixed a delivery date, according to staff emails.

Paul Thompson, deputy minister of public works, Tuesday said he knew little of the contract details.

“I personally don’t have all the details at my fingertips,” said Thompson.

SNC-Lavalin was paid to supply field hospitals equipped with 200 hospital beds, ventilators, masks, medical gowns and ten days’ worth of medication, back-up generators, water and oxygen tanks, X-ray machines, shower bays and latrines.

“The self-sufficiency of the unit makes it extremely flexible for deployment where the need is greatest in Canada,” said a memo.

Internal records dated Oct. 13, 2020 disclosed no one wanted the field hospitals.

The department said spending included $2 million for design work and millions more on warehousing medical supplies for presumed future use.

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