This decision of December 23, revealed by the Quebec newspaper Le Devoir and which AFP consulted, explains that it is not in the “best interest (of the child) to have contact with his father if he – this is not vaccinated and is opposed to health measures in the current epidemiological context ”.
The father initially asked to extend his custody rights during the end of the year holidays. The judge finally waived all his rights until February unless he decided to get the vaccine.
The judge noted that extracts from the father’s social media posts “(revealed) that he appears to oppose vaccines and health measures.”
According to him, moreover, the protection of the child against the virus “is not total” and “even seems to be reduced in the face of the Omicron variant which is currently spreading in Quebec”.
In addition, the mother resides with her partner and their two other children aged seven months and four years, who are not vaccinated since vaccination is only open in Canada from the age of 5.
“In these circumstances, it is not in the interest of any of the three children” that the father can see that of 12 years “at present”, underlines the judge.
Quebec has recorded for several weeks a sharp increase in contaminations and hospitalizations due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
The vast majority (over 90%) of adults are vaccinated in Quebec. And the French-speaking province has decided to toughen measures against those who refuse the vaccine, in particular by soon putting in place a new tax only for the unvaccinated.