As we head into the third year of revolving government lockdowns, Canadians have every right to be furious. But we shouldn’t let politicians divide us. And we shouldn’t be duped into believing that we are going to tax our way out of a pandemic.
“We’re looking for a health contribution for adults who refuse to be vaccinated for non-medical reasons,” announced Quebec Premier François Legault.
Legault’s “health contribution” is just another tax to be added on to the heavy burden of income, business, sales, property, payroll, import, fuel and carbon taxes that Canadians are already forced to pay.
In 2020, the average family spent more on taxes than on basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing combined . More taxes won’t make COVID-19 go away.
Particularly if you’re vaccinated, you should fight against politicians that want to open up this Pandora’s box. Today, politicians will say the unvaccinated should pay. What about tomorrow?
Will you need to pay a tax every time you put butter on your popcorn? If you gain weight after Christmas, will you have to write a cheque? When your kid falls off their bike trying a new jump, will a tax bill come with their stitches?