Do vaccine mandates violate Canadians’ charter rights? – CTV

September 1, 2021

EDMONTON — A growing number of provinces have begun implementing vaccine mandates by requiring proof of vaccination to attend certain social and recreational events, or access to non-essential businesses.

With these announcements has come a rise in vaccine hesitant Canadians who oppose the idea of mandates, many of whom are concerned their rights and freedoms are being infringed upon.

It has also become a key wedge issue in the federal election.

One of the most commonly referenced arguments against vaccine mandates is that they violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or, more specifically, Section 7 of the charter, which reads:

“Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.”

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