Since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has seen a number of drastic measures be implemented by governments on a local, provincial and federal level. For those that disagree with the governments attempts at control, these rules and restrictions often seem illogical, illiberal and even illegal.
Professor Bruce Pardy, new senior legal advisor of The Democracy Fund, joined yesterday's episode of The Ezra Levant Show for an in-depth discussion on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and passports.
Explaining why so many seemingly confusing, conflicting or even pointless rules are being upheld by legal challenges that have occurred, Bruce told Ezra:
Part of the problem is that the authority of governments to make rules and regulations about things does not depend upon those rules being reasonable or sensible.
Now, if you get into a situation where a Charter right has in fact been breached, then there's a proportionality test under section one (reasonable limit). But, in general, the test of the lawfulness of a regulation is not dependent on whether it makes sense — and there are so many things in this COVID era that just don't make any sense.
You can include the vaccine mandates. People who have had COVID, and have a degree of natural immunity, are not being exempted from having to take a vaccine which simply does what the natural immunity is already doing.
So on that and so many other basis, you can poke holes in all kinds of places in the COVID rules we've seen since March of 2020. That doesn't make them unlawful in and of themselves.
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