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Energy giant CNRL is refusing to deal with a lawyer who has filed notice on behalf of 1,100 staff that he will sue if they continue with their forced vaccination policy.

Calgary lawyer James S. M. Kitchen sent CEO Tim McKay a 147-page letter on behalf of the staff on why such a program would be dangerous.

In his letter, Kitchen asked for a reply from McKay by October 26, but by late this afternoon, he hadn’t heard a thing.

“I’m not surprised,” Kitchen told the Western Standard.

“I have to give them the benefit of the doubt. They are probably hoping we go away.”

Kitchen said he has no plans to litigate immediately but will instead wait to see what the company does and sue whenever someone loses their job.

When the Western Standard published the story last October 14, Kitchen said he was flooded with new clients.

“Many people told me they weren’t even aware of the policy until the Western Standard story. I was surprised how many people came out of the woodwork. It added hundreds to our client list,” he said.

In his letter to McKay Kitchen wrote:

“.. (I)t is to request that CNRL rescind its COVID vaccine mandate and instead negotiate a mutually agreeable solution with my clients that does not involve the misery to both CNRL management and the CNRL workforce that a continued mandate will inevitably result in,” Kitchen writes in the letter obtained by the Western Standard.

“My clients are not litigious. They are severely normal people who want to quietly live their lives, work hard at their jobs, enjoy the fruits of their labour in a free society, and have their employers and governments respect their health choices and bodily autonomy. They have no ideological axe to grind with CNRL, or political point to prove in court.”

Kitchen said his clients would prefer to negotiate a settlement with the company over the issue, but are prepared to go to court if necessary.

“It is trite law that unilaterally altering an employment contract to add, as a condition of continued employment, that an employee receive an unnecessary and potentially harmful medical intervention is a breach of contract and, if enforced through termination, constitutes wrongful dismissal,” Kitchen claims.

“Dignity, self-respect, and common decency requires that my clients draw a line before they find their bodies and their rights wholly owned by government and their employers.”

Kitchen said his clients are refusing the vaccines for numerous reasons including: They are “dangerous and ineffective,” natural immunity is growing and freedom of choice on what to put in your own body.

“First, it’s apparent to my clients that CNRL may not have reviewed enough scientific and medical literature prior to implementing its COVID vaccine mandate,” writes Kitchen.

“Given how many CNRL employees will receive the COVID vaccines against their will only to keep their jobs — and the percentage of how many recipients of the vaccines incur serious injuries — it is likely that CNRL will face tort claims from employees harmed by the COVID vaccines, certainly much more likely than the remote possibility that CNRL will face claims from someone harmed by COVID itself.

“If CNRL’s primary concerns are optics and appeasing public health authorities, my clients respectfully suggest that picking a fight unnecessarily with its faithful employees is not good means to satisfying those concerns.”

The Western Standard has repeatedly reached out to CNRL for comment but hasn’t heard back yet.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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