The World Forum - April 24th, 2024

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LILLEY: Trudeau made trucker shortage worse, but you'll pay for it

Canada’s already fragile supply chain was struck a blow last week by the Trudeau government. It couldn’t have come at a worse time and will ultimately drive up the cost of everyday goods.

Last Saturday, the Trudeau government imposed a mandate that any truck driver who was entering Canada had to be fully vaccinated or spend time in quarantine. That effectively means no unvaccinated truckers will be crossing the border, especially not after the Biden administration imposes similar rules this coming Saturday.

“We’re touching a lot of aspects of the supply chain. It moves by truck,” Stephen Laskowski, president of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, said.

From auto parts to furniture, appliances to food imports, everything moves by truck, but there are now fewer drivers.

George Pitsikoulis, president of Montreal-based distributor Canadawide Fruits, told Bloomberg that the cost of importing fresh produce from California and Arizona has jumped by 25% over the last week.