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How Canada’s policies imitate the Berlin Wall

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 21, 2022

If you are convinced that…

  • Covid is—still—a public-health emergency; and
  • Vaccination is the only proper response; and
  • Unvaccinated people are likely to spread the disease

…then shouldn’t you be happy to see unvaccinated people leave the country?

But if you are an unvaccinated Canadian, you cannot leave the country. You cannot board an airplane or train or bus without a vaccination passport; you cannot drive across the border without that passport. You are forced to stay.

There must be a reason for this policy, and it can’t be about a virus.

The Berlin Wall was not built to keep people out of the socialist paradise in East Germany; it was built to keep unhappy citizens in. In a free society, citizens who disagree with government policies are always free to leave.

Church leaders who have been quick to decry efforts to keep illegal immigrants out of their countries would do well to recognize the dangers of fencing people in, and to sound the alarm as Canada slips off the list of free societies.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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