Breaking: First Canadian Community Mandates QR Codes for Residents: Echoes of China’s Surveillance State (Video)

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by Amy Mek, RAIR Foundation:

The Canadian community’s proposal, led by its left-wing mayor, to require QR codes for residents exiting the area introduces a level of governmental oversight reminiscent of China’s social credit system, signaling a disturbing shift towards unprecedented surveillance and control, akin to measures seen in authoritarian regimes.

The serene landscape of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, nestled in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, is currently gripped by a contentious debate over a proposed municipal regulation that has sent shockwaves through the community.

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At the heart of the controversy lies an authoritarian measure: the mandatory requirement for residents to present a QR code upon exiting the municipality.

This move, touted by left-wing Mayor Antonin Valiquette as a means to regulate the comings and goings of citizens, has ignited a firestorm of opposition, with many decrying it as an egregious violation of personal freedom.

The initial spark of discord arose from the announcement of a plan to impose a $30 tax on tourists visiting the picturesque archipelago. However, the contentious issue escalated when Mayor Valiquette unveiled his intention to extend the reach of municipal oversight to include the residents’ movements.

This revelation sent shockwaves through the local population, who viewed it as an unwarranted intrusion into their fundamental rights.

Voices of Dissent

During a heated municipal council meeting, Chanie Thériault, co-owner of the Auberge du Village in Cap-aux-Meules, emerged as a vocal critic of the proposed measure. She articulated the widespread objection among citizens, expressing concerns that the requirement to present a QR code would constitute a significant impediment to residents’ freedom of movement.

Thériault’s sentiments echoed those of many in the community who felt blindsided by the sudden imposition of such stringent globalist regulations.

During the council meeting, Jeanne Bourgeois, a resident of Îles-de-la-Madeleine, voiced her strong apprehension over the new requirement. Bourgeois questioned the legality and necessity of compelling residents to produce identification when exiting the municipality, likening it to a form of imprisonment on the islands.

Mayor’s Defense

In response to mounting criticism, Mayor Valiquette staunchly defended the proposed regulation, asserting that it was a necessary step to ensure compliance with municipal regulations. He cited the need to enhance leisure-touristic infrastructure as the primary objective behind the initiative, emphasizing the importance of maintaining order and control within the municipality.

However, his attempts to justify the measure fell on deaf ears, as residents remained steadfast in their opposition to what is an affront to their civil liberties.

Chinese-style social-credit system

The proposed requirement for residents to present a QR code upon exiting the municipality marks uncharted territory in Canadian governance.

This move signifies an unprecedented level of control over residents’ movements, prompting comparisons to authoritarian regimes where freedom of movement is severely curtailed. The measure draws parallels to Communist countries like China, igniting fears of a slippery slope toward a surveillance state.

Much like in China, where government-issued QR codes form the foundation of a global social credit system, granting the state immense power to monitor and penalize individuals deemed ‘untrustworthy.’

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