Liberal COVID Passports? Atlantica Party Response

Yesterday Liberal Nova Scotia Premier Iain Rankin proposed a “ScotiaPass” provincial vaccine passport for Nova Scotians.

The Atlantica Party opposes this invasive proposal for numerous common sense reasons:

  • The Liberal leader himself implicitly acknowledges the many problems with this proposal by couching the proposal in political double-speak that “if” elected he would “explore” the idea of a “voluntary” vaccine passport.
  • Dr. Strang, the chief medical officer of health, acknowledges “all sorts of legal, human rights, ethical issues” surrounding the issue.
  • A real problem will be the discrimination and marginalization faced by those people who for a variety of reasons have not been vaccinated or that have differing opinions about COVID or the current vaccines. In fact, it is against the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act to discriminate against someone due to “an irrational fear of contracting an illness or disease;” Part 1 Section 5 (1) (p). This is not a hypothetical problem. On May 15th the Halifax Freedom Rally, a gathering of individuals who expressed an opinion differing from the Liberal government, was cancelled due to hundreds of threats of harm.
  • Who will oversee the ScotiaPass? What will the penalties be? Who will pay for it?
  • Given the inept Liberal government’s COVID response, heavy handed police reaction, injunctions against lawful protests, arbitrarily deeming who and what is essential and not essential, shutting down businesses, all against the backdrop of a silenced legislature, we can only assume that will continue and that any ScotiaPass vaccine passport will be similarly handled in the harshest way.
  • The so-called “voluntary” nature of this seems to simply be an end-run around the human rights of Nova Scotians that are guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and in the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act.
  • Vaccine passports are overtly coercive measures to force people to get vaccinated against their will under threat of exclusion from society.
  • What happened to "my body, my choice"? 

For a quick overview of your rights guaranteed by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act, please see here:

For the full Act, please see here:

“We should all be suspicious of further action by the Premier,” said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party.

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The Atlantica Party was established in 2006 to promote a political revolution in Nova Scotia to fix our broken political system and empower the voter. It is the only political alternative committed to making Nova Scotia a "have" province.