Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending the vaccine mandate for cross−border truck drivers as a convoy of hundreds of truckers heads to Ottawa to demand an end to the rule.
Trudeau says getting vaccinated is the most important way to keep Canada’s economy going and says the Conservatives are “fearmongering” about empty store shelves.
The Conservatives in turn are pressuring Trudeau to lift the Canadian mandate calling it a risk to Canada’s supply chains and economic recovery.
Canadian long−haul truck drivers must now be vaccinated against COVID−19 to avoid a two−week quarantine after crossing the border, while unvaccinated non−Canadian truck drivers will be denied entry.
Unvaccinated Canadian drivers also won’t be able to return to the United States for now as the U.S. imposed its own vaccine mandate for truckers on Saturday.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance says 90 per cent of truck drivers are already vaccinated and Sunday denounced the convoy now making its way to Ottawa.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2022.
The Canadian Press