Would national vaccine mandates work in Canada? Experts aren’t sure – CBC

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Would national vaccine mandates work in Canada? Experts aren’t sure – CBC

by tmnationtalk on December 6, 202176 Views

Many reasons for vaccine hesitancy require many solutions, not sledgehammer approach, say experts

Dec 05, 2021

With European states turning to mandatory national vaccination regimes to deal with record COVID-19 infections, experts in Canada say that while science and the law may back the Liberal government if it chose to follow suit, it might not be the panacea the public is hoping for.

There are significant challenges to imposing a national mandatory vaccination program for all Canadians, the first of which is the age-old jurisdictional battle between the federal government and the provinces.

Under the Constitution, the provinces are responsible for delivering health care, and a vaccine mandate would fall under that remit. If the federal government wanted to take over that responsibility, it would have to either use the Emergencies Act or pass legislation giving it the authority to act.

“To do that, all hell would break loose from the provinces,” Michael Behiels, a constitutional law expert at the University of Ottawa, told CBC News. “It’s theoretically possible, but this would go to court immediately, and they would have to prove that the crisis is in fact a national crisis.”

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/national-vaccine-mandates-experts-1.6273850

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