Canada Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is speaking out to warn that COVID-19 jab mandates are coming in his country.
The National Post reported that when he was asked about mandatory COVID-19 shots, Duclos replied, “I personally think we will get there at some point.”
“I see it coming personally,” he continued. “Not now. I don’t think we are there yet. But I think discussions need to be had about mandatory vaccinations because we have to get rid of Covid-19.”
Duclos went on to say that while any decision would be in the hands of provincial governments, he feels that the unvaccinated were creating a major burden on others.
“What we see now is that our health care system in Canada is fragile,” he said. “Our people are tired and the only way as we know through COVID–19, be it this variant or any future variant, is through vaccination.”
Duclos also said that hospitals in Quebec, which is where he lives, are under serious pressure.
“I see in my own province 50 per cent of hospitalizations now in Quebec are due to people not having been vaccinated,” he said. “That’s a burden on healthcare workers, a burden on society which is very difficult to bear and for many people difficult to understand.”
Later this same day, Duclos doubled down on saying that the decision was in provincial hands.
“Provinces and territories will continue to take decisions that are within their jurisdiction,” he said. “As a government, we will continue to do everything we can within our federal authority to keep Canadians safe.”
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney fired back by saying that his province will never take this step.
“Alberta’s Legislature removed the power of mandatory vaccination from the Public Health Act last year and will not revisit that decision, period,” he said. “While we strongly encourage those who are eligible to get vaccinated, it is ultimately a personal choice that individuals must make.”
Though Conservative Opposition leader Erin O’Toole did not address Duclos’ comments specifically, he said that existing policies were already dividing people and that the government needs to find a balance.
“Reasonable accommodations could and should be found for a small number of Canadians who may not be vaccinated,” he said.
Despite this, Duclos said that things like rapid tests are simply not enough.
“Rapid tests are not going to end the crisis,” he said. “Rapid tests are not going to solve COVID-19. The only thing that will solve COVID-19 is vaccination.”
Red Voice Media would like to make a point of clarification on why we do not refer to any shot related to COVID-19 as a “vaccine.” According to the CDC, the definition of a vaccine necessitates that said vaccine have a lasting effect of at least one year in preventing the contraction of the virus or disease it’s intended to fight. Because all of the COVID-19 shots thus far available have barely offered six months of protection, and even then not absolute, Red Voice Media has made the decision hereafter to no longer refer to the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson substances as vaccinations.