“An anxious populace, swept up in a deliberate campaign of fear, now believes that individual liberties upon which our liberal democracy is founded are dangerous and selfish. A growing collectivism that demands safety at the expense of autonomy shapes public policy.”

The introduction of proof-of-vaccination mandates, or vaccine passports, resulted in the abandonment of the right to privacy and people’s control of their personal medical information, as Canadians are forced to disclose their vaccination status to be able to work, travel, access public and private services, attend university, and sometimes even to receive medical treatment, the declaration says.

“Those who cannot or will not disclose face aggressive social disapprobation,” the lawyers write.

“Vaccine passports create the infrastructure for a global digital surveillance system. Institutions that last year were prohibited from collecting individual medical history now demand it as a condition of employment or admission.”

Regarding the legal system, the lawyers say courts have “embraced the pandemic narrative” and “appear to have taken a side on Covid.”

“Courts are supposed to be neutral,” the declaration says. “Access to justice and the rule of law are now at risk. Unvaccinated persons are banned from juries, throwing into question the ability of all to obtain a fair trial heard by a jury of their peers.”

Noting that they “fear the erosion of our free society” and “question the single-minded fixation on a virus that poses little risk to most people,” the lawyers are calling for an immediate end to vaccine passports and mandates, while also proposing that a public inquiry be held to look into how the pandemic has been handled.

“Canadians should have control of their own lives and have the right to make their own decisions about their health, medical treatments, personal information, travels, and associations,” they write.

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