OTTAWA (LifeSiteNews) – Canada has new legislation tying workers’ COVID compensation to a loss of movement and bodily autonomy.
In late 2021 the federal government passed a bill including a new Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit. It will be paid out in a region the federal Minister of Employment and Social Development declares a “lockdown region”: a geographical area in Canada no one would be allowed to leave. Violators would face a sanction or monetary penalty.
The government says the purpose of the new law, entitled “An Act to provide further support in response to COVID-19,” is to provide aid to businesses and people who have been targeted by a closure order.
“The Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister, may, for the purposes of this Act, designate by order, for the period set out in the order, any region in Canada as a lockdown region,” reads Part 1, Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit, of Bill C-2.
The Bill defines a “lockdown order” as “an order, regulation or other instrument made by a competent authority” to allow the Minister, “for reasons related to COVID-19,” to declare any region in Canada a “lockdown region.”
Bil C-2 enacts the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit Act to authorize the payment of the “Canada worker lockdown benefit of $300 a week in regions where a lockdown is imposed for reasons related to COVID-19.”
According to the text of the bill, the “Minister may make a recommendation only if the Minister is of the opinion that it is in the public interest to do so and that measures referred to in subparagraphs (a)(i) and (ii) of the definition lockdown order in section 2 that are set out in one or more lockdown orders apply in respect of a region for a period of at least 14 consecutive days or, if a lower number of days is fixed by regulation, that lower number of consecutive days.”
Within these regions, it must first be specified “that persons stay at home except for reasons that are essential to preserving life, health, public safety or basic societal functioning,” before any benefit is paid out.
Non-compliance with the order “is an offence or may result in the imposition of a sanction, including an administrative monetary penalty.”
In essence, people who live in regions forced into lockdown will be paid by the government a small amount but only if they stay “at home.”
Millions of people's jobs and their family's livelihoods depend on the outcome of cases being argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court TODAY, and we want YOUR NAME on this appeal to the nine Justices asking them to put a stop to Biden's unconstitutional vaccine mandates!
Two separate mandates are on the line.
The first is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate, which requires all healthcare workers and staff at such facilities subject to federal regulation, to get the Covid-19 vaccine or submit to regular testing for the virus.
The second is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) vaccine mandate, which is actually much larger in size and scope, and would require all businesses operating in the United States with more than 100 employees to implement their own policy requiring their workers to get the Covid-19 vaccine, or face penalties such as citations and fines.
The OSHA mandate was unfortunately reinstated by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals back on December 18th, when it lifted an earlier injunction that had blocked it from going into effect as initially planned by the Biden Administration on the basis that OSHA did, in fact, have the authority to issue a sweeping mandate such as this.
If no action is taken prior to January 10th -- less than a week from today -- businesses that fail to comply with this vast government overreach will begin to be unjustly penalized.
That's why we're asking you to lend a helping hand with this urgent effort to defend working Americans' individual liberties and medical autonomy by signing YOUR NAME onto this petition to our U.S. Supreme Court Justices, imploring them to echo earlier federal court rulings that blocked these unconstitutional mandates from going into effect.
It should truly go without saying that any decision that could affect the health and well-being of individual Americans is one that should be made without coercion, manipulation, and intimidation. But of course, that has not been the attitude taken by our federal government over the course of the last year.
The Biden Administration has shown time and again its hostility towards American citizens' constitutional freedoms, and by attempting to institute these mandates, it is embracing medical tyranny over medical autonomy once again, and our country's workers will find themselves its latest victim.
We already know that the federal government has overstepped its bounds in its wide-encompassing campaign to coerce the public into getting the vaccine, and, of course, neither OSHA nor CMS has the ability to craft legislation, even in times of emergency, nor the authority to issue, but these mandates will effectively do just that.
This is an abuse of power within the executive branch, plain and simple.
That's why our nation's highest court must be steadfast in protecting the rights of our nation's working people rather than the authoritarian desires of Washington politicians and bureaucrats.
In the wake of the rising Omicron variant of Covid-19, we are reminded that the vaccines heralded by Joe Biden and his allies are not only experimental in their present nature (clinical trials have yet to be completed), but are largely ineffective at preventing the spread of the virus itself.
As reports of fully-vaccinated Americans testing positive for Covid pour in, we must ask ourselves: When will enough be enough?
Should these mandates be upheld by the Supreme Court, and therefore permitted to go into effect while appeals from challengers work their way through lower courts, countless Americans will be at risk of losing their jobs and sacrificing their livelihoods for not adhering to authoritarian-style demands on the part of our federal government.
The CMS mandate will ensure that millions of healthcare professionals and frontline workers will go without work, and, in turn, millions of patients will go without the care they need -- even as Covid numbers continue to spike.
Likewise, the OSHA mandate, which would affect an estimated 84 million American workers, will not only leave millions more without work, but will also penalize employers who choose to prioritize their employees' freedoms and personal needs over submitting to unreasonable, oppressive government demands.
This is not for the greater good of our country and its people, and it's certainly not constitutional.
Our Supreme Court Justices must do their duty and protect the American people from these dangerous mandates.
Please SIGN and SHARE this important petition asking our nation's Supreme Court Justices to stand up for the rights of American workers by blocking Joe Biden's unconstitutional vaccine mandates from going into effect while challenges to the policies work their way through the court system.
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Bill C-2 was introduced by the finance minister Chrystia Freeland on November 24, 2021 and presented “as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It was passed by MPs on December 16, before the Christmas break, with the support of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party and the Bloc Québécois with a vote of 190 in favor and 142 against.
All Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) and NDP MPs voted against the bill in the third reading, however, CPC MPs offered little resistance to allow its quick passage.
The Senate then fast-tracked the bill the same day; it received Royal Assent on December 17.
Bill C-2 also amends the Income Tax Act by extending “subsidies under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), and the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022.”
It also amends the Canada Labour Code to allow for extended leaves of absence due to “COVID-19.”
Vaccine-free Canadians excluded from lockdown COVID benefit
Benefits paid out under the law will not be given to anyone who has suffered a loss of work because they chose to not get the experimental COVID jabs.
“A person is not eligible for a lockdown benefit if they lost their employment, were unable to perform self-employment work, or had a reduction in income because they refused to comply with a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19,” reads the Bill.
“For the purposes of paragraph (1)(h), the refusal by a person to comply with a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 is not a reasonable excuse to have quit their employment or voluntarily ceased to work or to have done anything referred to in subparagraphs (1)(h)(i) to (iii).”
The Trudeau Liberals have gone after Canadians who have chosen to not get the experimental COVID jabs.
Just recently, Canada’s Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos said that Canada’s provincial governments might soon introduce mandatory vaccination policies.
Duclos’s words regarding mandatory COVID shots were met by a backlash from some Conservative MPs as well as many prominent Canadians in academia, such as popular Canadian psychologist and cultural analyst Jordan Peterson.
However, the government of Quebec recently in effect mandated COVID jabs after announcing earlier this week that those who do not take it will be subject to monetary fines.
Meanwhile, forced immunization is unconstitutional. Lawyers with Canada’s Department of Health wrote in a 1996 Canadian National Report On Immunization that unlike some countries “immunization is not mandatory in Canada.”
“It cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution,” added the lawyers.
Many consider such mandates a gross assault on individual freedoms and completely unnecessary given COVID-19’s high survivability among most groups, its now-understood minimal risk of asymptomatic spread, and research indicating that post-infection natural immunity is far superior to vaccine-induced immunity. The efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines dramatically decreases around four months after being injected and soon completely disappears.
Many employers in both the private and public sector have mandated COVID jabs for their employees. This has resulted in thousands of Canadians who do not want to be injected with a novel medical product being forced out of their jobs.
Effective from December 1, 2021, the federal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau enacted a policy banning Canadians over 12 who have chosen not to get the shots from traveling by air, sea, or train.