March 19, 2022
Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) is facing a lawsuit from 84 of its employees who are seeking $1 million each in damages over the company’s COVID-19 policies.
The employees, most of whom were placed on unpaid ‘administrative leave’ on December 10, 2021, are claiming damages for alleged violations of their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The statement of claim was filed on March 9 by Leighton Grey, QC, a barrister at Calgary law firm Grey Wowk Spencer LLP, on behalf of CP employees.
In the statement, Grey argues the plaintiffs’ right to medical privacy was violated by CP’s vaccine policy implemented on Oct. 30, 2021, which required all employees to declare their vaccine status to the company. Employees were required to have received their first dose of the vaccine by Nov. 15 and be fully vaccinated by Jan. 24, 2022.
Omar Alghabra, minister for Transport Canada, issued a ministerial order in the fall of 2021 requiring all federally regulated industries and businesses to implement a vaccine policy for all employees requiring them to attest to their vaccine status, and to be fully vaccinated by the January 2022 deadline.
The plaintiffs argue in the statement of claim the long-term safety of the novel mRNA vaccines has not been sufficiently studied and therefore comes with significant and undetermined risk. The vaccines have not undergone the standard scientific approval process normally undertaken by Health Canada. Long-term effects are still unknown, according to the statement.
Four mRNA vaccines are currently authorized for emergency use to treat the symptoms of COVID-19: AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson.
The claim also puts forward the case that the experimental vaccines are known to cause serious adverse reactions and injury. Heart inflammation, Bells’ Palsy, immune thrombocytopenia, and thrombosis are among some of the recorded adverse reactions cited in the claim.