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O'Toole says he opposes Quebec's plan to 'tax and target' the unvaccinated

BY The Canadian Press, Jan 13, 2022 11:24 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says while he respects provincial jurisdiction, he opposes Quebec's plan ``to tax and target'' those who are unvaccinated against COVID-19. (Photo - The Canadian Press)

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole says while he respects provincial jurisdiction, he opposes Quebec's plan ``to tax and target'' those who are unvaccinated against COVID-19.

The Tory leader made his position known on Premier Francois Legault's proposal during a Facebook Live today.

Earlier in the week Legault announced adults living the province who are unvaccinated and don't have a medical exemption could expect to start paying a ``significant'' financial penalty.

The premier said the measure was needed because around half of the patients in intensive care are unvaccinated even those only about 10 per cent of adult Quebecers are not immunized against COVID-19.

O'Toole, who opposes vaccine mandates, says the proposal is unfair and doesn't think it's a good solution to encourage those hesitant to get a shot to roll up their sleeves.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the day before that he needed more details about Quebec's plan before he could say whether he supports it.

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