The Premier of Alberta, Saskatchewan, signs a letter with 16 U.S. governors calling on the federal government to lift its obligation to vaccinate truck drivers

The Premier of Alberta and Premier of Saskatchewan signed a letter in collaboration with 16 US Governor and urged the federal governments of both countries to immediately withdraw their vaccination obligations for cross-border truck drivers.

The signatories of the letter called on Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden to immediately reinstate their previous vaccination and quarantine exemptions for cross-border truck drivers.

“We understand the vital importance of vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 and continue to encourage qualified individuals to be vaccinated. However, terminating these exemptions may be terminated. We are deeply concerned that it has had a clear negative impact on North America’s supply chain, living expenses, and access to products that are essential to people in both countries, “said a letter signed on February 16.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenny said on February 16 In a Twitter post The mission of the vaccine is “bad public health theater” and “need to go”.

Premier of Saskatchewan Scott Moe Said on twitter As North America is already facing supply chain constraints, these measures will “put great pressure” on Canadian and American families.

Moh said in a letter that the timing of the decision to end the truck driver’s vaccine and quarantine exemption “did not worsen” because North America is already facing serious supply chain constraints. It’s the same as saying.

“These constraints, coupled with rising inflation, put a heavy burden on Canadian and US residents,” the letter said.

“In addition, the Transport Association has informed us that the lack of tax exemptions will drive thousands of drivers out of the truck industry, which is already facing a serious labor shortage. The elimination of these tax exemptions is final. It’s unnecessary, and we can’t afford to lose a truck driver who transports food and other important supplies across national borders. “

On February 8, Saskatchewan announced plans to lift all COVID-19 vaccination obligations on February 14, but masking rules will expire by the end of the month. Alberta also terminated its vaccine obligations on February 8 and lifted most other public health restrictions, including masking, on March 1.

The joint letter arrives after Trudeau enacted an emergency law on February 14, addressing an ongoing protest in Ottawa against the federal government’s COVID-19 order. The law provides authorities with legal means to block funding to protesters, freeze corporate accounts of companies whose trucks are used to block, and remove insurance. It gives a wide range of authority.

The protests initially began in opposition to the federal government’s vaccination obligations for truck drivers from the United States to Canada, which came into effect on January 15. -Weekly quarantine when returning to Canada.

US authorities have announced similar requirements from 22 January to non-US citizens across unvaccinated US, including non-US truck drivers.

The majority of Canadian premieres —Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have stated that it is unreasonable for the federal government to make an emergency law decision.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.

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