Alberta Public Service personnel have penned an open letter to the Deputy Minister of Executive Council with the Alberta Public Service Commission requesting “the vaccine mandate be rescinded immediately.”
According to lawyer Jeff Rath, of Rath & Company, the group, referring to themselves as MyAPSChoice, has retained his firm’s services to bring forward legal action against the provincial government and Jason Kenney for forcing civil service employees to be vaccinated or lose their jobs.
“This group consists of 4-5,000 public employees who are both vaccinated and unvaccinated, but support choice,” Rath told the Western Standard in an interview, adding they include some senior government managers.
“These people are decent, hardworking, intelligent, principled people who are adamantly opposed to Jason Kenney forcing people to be vaccinated and are appalled by the sheer incompetence of the Kenney government in bringing forward these mandates.”
The open letter is in response to the coming order that all Government of Alberta (GoA) Public Service employees be fully vaccinated by November 30 or face job loss.
“Whether or not our deep personal concerns are rooted in our individual legal, ethical, moral or spiritual beliefs, we are unanimous in our view that the Government of Alberta Public Service and Alberta Health Services (AHS) vaccine mandate policy — is the wrong and inappropriate alternative to overcoming COVID-19,” the letter states.
The group calls out the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) for violating their own standards of practice on informed consent stating “a care provider must OBTAIN CONSENT and ensure that the patient is fully informed and understands any medical examination, procedure or treatment before it takes place.”
The open letter further accuses Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer and Dr. Verna Yiu, president and CEO of AHS, of “coercive mandates” for people to be “injected against their will on pain of loss of livelihood or loss of basic rights to participate in social gatherings in public businesses or elsewhere in Alberta.”
The group also cites violations of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian & Alberta Human Rights Act, the Criminal Code of Canada and privacy issues that come from being forced to reveal one’s private medical history.
“Forced injections of anyone without their consent is a gross violation of the most basic medical ethics,” the letter states.
“Through this policy, you are coercing and compelling your employees to consent under duress, on threat of adverse employment action, to make the inherently personal choice of what medical treatments to take.”
Rath said the group posted the open letter on their own accord, but have retained his firm to pursue “every legal means available” to push back against the forced jabs.
“I hope the government understands this group includes very senior level managers across every Alberta government department,” said Rath, indicating his firm is currently working on filing a number of legal actions “in very short order” for his clients.
Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard