OTTAWA, Canada, December 15, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – A prominent left-leaning civil liberties group in Canada is warning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with the country’s citizens that “immunity passports” for those who receive the COVID-19 vaccination shot would ultimately become tools for government-backed “abuse, discrimination, and oppression.”
Last week, Ontario’s Health Minister Christine Elliott sparked a national debate when she suggested that people may need proof of COVID vaccination for “travel,” “work,” and for going to the “theatre” or “any other places where people will be in closer physical contact,” which could include shopping centers, restaurants, and even churches.
The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) immediately hit back against what it called a “wrongheaded” solution with a strongly worded Dec. 9 opinion piece on its own website, a Dec. 9 piece published in the Toronto Star, and with a Dec. 12 open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
COVID vaccination: ‘An offer one can’t refuse?’
In her opinion piece published on CCLA’s website Dec. 9, the CCLA’s Director of Privacy Brenda McPhail said that Elliott’s threat of restrictions for those who don’t have proof of receiving the COVID vaccine will “strike fear” in the heart of many Canadians because it comes across not so much as a choice but as “an offer one can’t refuse.”
“The concern is whether the choice is going to be real in any sense of the word,” McPhail said, making it clear that this “isn’t an anti-vaccination concern.”
McPhail said it’s “not hard to think of ways such policies can go wrong in the short term.” She said that an immunity passport would undermine “meaningful consent” that is required for “voluntariness to be genuine.” Via – Lifesite News