Conservative leader Erin O'Toole opposes the “vaccintax” proposed by Quebec, believing that the government must continue to encourage vaccination without seeking to “punish” the unvaccinated.
“We are not a country that traditionally punishes or taxes people in this way,” Mr. O’Toole said during a Facebook Live presentation on Thursday evening. “I don’t like to see measures like those we see in Quebec.”
Mr. O'Toole blames the government of Justin Trudeau, because he believes that if the provinces impose restrictive measures to control the spread, it is because the “tools” are missing.
“It' is possible for the fifth wave to manage the pandemic with the tools like rapid test screenings, masks, social distancing and a very high level of vaccination,” he said.
The Conservative leader opposed last week the imposition of measures that were too restrictive to oppose the Omicron variant.
He calls on the government to put in place “reasonable accommodations” for Canadians who still refuse to be vaccinated, because their absence in certain sectors of the economy could hurt.
This is particularly the case for truckers, he believes. They will have to be double vaccinated on Saturday to return to Canada, at the risk of having to quarantine for a period of two weeks.