CANADA: The Canadian federal government under Liberal Party Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that starting in October Canada will be mandating COVID-19 jabs as a requirement to travel domestically by air, train, or boat.
“As soon as possible in the fall and no later than the end of October, the government of Canada will require employees in the federally regulated air, rail and marine transportation sectors to be vaccinated. In addition the vaccination requirement will also extend to certain travelers. This includes all commercial air travelers, passengers on interprovincial trains and passengers on large marine vessels with overnight accommodations such as cruise ships,” Canada’s Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Friday.
Alghabra said in addition to mandating COVID-19 jabs for domestic travel for Canadians, all federal workers will be required to be jabbed by October as well.
“Today, we are announcing that the government of Canada intends to require vaccinations across the federal public service. Following this example, we also expect that crown corporations and other employers in the federally regulated sector will also require vaccination for their employees,” said Alghabra.
Alghabra said that vaccine requirements in the transportation sector will help “protect the safety of employees, their families, passengers, their communities and all Canadians.”
Alghabra claimed that for the “few” who “are unable to be vaccinated,” there will be “accommodation or alternative measures such as testing and screening” which “may be determined in each situation to protect broader public health by reducing the risk of COVID-19.”
LifeSiteNews contacted Transport Canada for comment about Friday’s news, asking what types of exceptions will be made if any.
Simon Rivet, Manager, Media Relations, Communications Group for Transport Canada told LifeSiteNews via email Friday that COVID-19 jabs will be mandated for all “commercial air travelers” and that this would be “regardless of destination” because “the Government of Canada must play a role in setting a good example.”
He said that COVID-19 jabs will be mandatory by “the end of September across the federal public service,” as well.
“Children under 12, who are currently not eligible to be vaccinated, will be exempted from this requirement,” said Rivet.
The news comes only a day after media reports surfaced that Trudeau is planning on calling a Canadian federal election for September 20.
Trudeau said in June that in the fall the federal government will be rolling out a system of “national certification of vaccination status” that travelers can use to prove they’ve had the “full” two doses of the COVID-19 jab.
All travelers entering Canada are now subject to a new border screening program that uses biometrics. Travelers coming to Canada from the U.S who wish to be exempt from mandatory quarantine are required to be fully jabbed with COVID-19 injections.
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News of mandating a COVID-19 jab for domestic travel came with fierce pushback from Canadian freedom rights lawyers Friday.
Interim President for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) Lisa Bildy told LifeSiteNews that the announcement from the “increasingly aggressive Trudeau regime regarding vaccine passports and travel” is something that is “deeply concerning” and will create a segregated of the vaccinated and the unvaccinated.
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