The World Forum - May 23rd, 2024

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Trudeau considers quarantine for fully vaxxed returning Canadians


The Grinch will have nothing on Justin Trudeau if the prime minister goes ahead with a series of proposals put forward to Canada’s premiers on Tuesday night. During an emergency call to discuss the national response to the Omicron variant, Trudeau laid out a series of proposals that, if enacted, would seriously hurt any family with out-of-country travel plans over Christmas.

Premiers heard of Trudeau’s idea to recommend another ban on non-essential travel and a requirement to quarantine for 14 days even for fully vaccinated Canadians returning from vacation. Plans would also include what has been described as a ban on anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident entering the country and a requirement for anyone entering Canada to be vaccinated.

Not all premiers were supportive of the measures that Trudeau was putting forth with some offering alternatives that would not impact Christmas travel plans.

“That won’t be popular,” said one source on the call when referring to the idea of a quarantine period for fully vaccinated Canadians.

The Trudeau government began warning Canadians last week that anyone travelling over Christmas could face hassles and delays. Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said last Friday that anyone travelling should know that the situation is unstable.

Will Canadians once again be kept inside their own country or at least discouraged from travelling while we leave the doors wide open for others?

Across Canada 76% of the total population is fully vaccinated, a figure that stands at 87% for those 12 and over. Among those most vulnerable, the vaccination rate is even higher — 91.7% in those over 60 and 94.7% for those over 80.