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Alberta Won’t Tax the Unvaccinated: Kenney

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said the province will not follow Quebec’s footsteps in imposing a financial penalty on residents who did not receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Kenney said it is unfair to make the unvaccinated pay extra even if data shows they put a greater burden on the health care system compared to the vaccinated population. “If we go down that road, we are completely rubbishing the whole principle of universality of health care, which is why Alberta absolutely will not follow the decision of Quebec,” Kenney said on Jan. 11 in a Facebook town-hall meeting. Quebec Premier Francois Legault announced earlier that day that the province will make unvaccinated adult residents pay a “significant” financial penalty, making it the first jurisdiction in Canada to do so. Kenney said while the unvaccinated are taking up more hospital and intensive care beds, levying a fee would be akin to making a smoker pay more …

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