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Trudeau seeks further study of Quebec’s planned health tax on unvaccinated

Christian Fernsby |
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped short on Wednesday of endorsing a plan by Quebec province to levy a tax on unvaccinated residents while noting that strong measures have worked before.

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Topics: TRUDEAU    QUEBEC   

But Trudeau said the idea needs more study because the tax must be legal under the Canada Health Act and meet "the rights we all cherish as Canadians."

"Details matter. We need to know exactly what measures they're putting forward," he told reporters at a press conference in Ottawa. "We need to know the terms and conditions so we can know if it'll be effective.”

"We'll be looking at the details to see how exactly this will transpire."

Quebec is in the middle of a COVID-19 storm, with cases of the omicron variant numbering thousands per day and the danger that hospitalizations will overwhelm the health care system.

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