Poll shows majority across Canada back an anti-vax tax

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Canadians are willing to accept a two-tiered health-care system if those tiers are the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.

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A poll conducted exclusively for the Toronto Sun by Maru Public Opinion has found that 60% of Canadians would support the concept put forward by Quebec Premier Francois Legault on Tuesday, a separate health tax for the unvaccinated.

The poll, conducted Monday — ahead of Legault’s announcement — was commissioned to gauge public support for measures to bring in mandatory vaccinations.

Last week, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said that he believed that Canada would need to move towards mandatory vaccinations and provinces would need to implement measures. Prior to Legault’s comments, support had already been established with New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey.

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Alberta’s Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe have both rejected the idea.

When 1,510 adult Canadians were asked for their view, 60% of those polled supported the idea of fining the unvaccinated and putting the money towards the health-care system — the very concept Legault has proposed.

That broke down as 64% support in British Columbia, 63% in Québec,  61% in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan, 58% in Ontario, 57% in Atlantic Canada, and 54% in Alberta.

Support was even among men and women and the majority of all age groups backed the idea.  Support was strongest among those over the age of 55 where 69% said the government should adopt this idea.

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The Maru Public Opinion survey was undertaken online on Jan.y 10, 2022, with 1,510 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Maru Voice Canada online panelists. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size has an estimated margin of error of 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

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Full text of the question asked in the poll:

There has recently been some discussion about making vaccinations mandatory for all Canadians. In addition to various restrictions (as we have here varied by province), those who choose to remain unvaccinated could also be fined. In Europe, one country is examining a fine to unvaccinated citizens of $144 per month, while another is looking at a fine of up to $5,000 per quarter.

Do you support those who choose to remain unvaccinated being dealt a similar fine that would be administered as a surcharge on their taxes with the money used to financially support the health-care system and particularly its hospitals and their intensive care units (ICU’s)?

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