It’s official – Quebec has gone full authoritarian.
The province will expand its vaccination passport system so that users will be required to have three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to use it, Health Minister Christian Dubé announced during a news conference Thursday.
Dubé did not provide an exact date for the change, only saying it would be made once all Quebecers have been given the chance to get a third dose.
Dubé also announced that Quebecers will need to show proof that they are “vaccinated” in order to enter the Quebec Liquor Corporation (SAQ) and government-run stores selling recreational cannabis as of January 18th.
“If the unvaccinated aren’t happy with this situation, there is a very simple solution at your disposal,” the minister said. “It is to get vaccinated. It’s free.”
The minister also said the government will expand the use of the vaccination passport to other non-essential businesses, such as personal care services, with that announcement expected in the coming days.
The best thing that Canadians can hope for is that other provincial governments don’t follow Quebec. A government which not only mandates that its citizens have three doses, but also restricts basic consumer services to those who refuse to undertake a medical procedure is nothing short of full authoritarian.
(Photo credit: The Canadian Press)