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Transport minister hopes COVID-19 vaccine mandates won’t need to be reinstated, says it depends on new variants

Jun 18 2022 — Rachel Aiello — On Monday, the federal government’s vaccine mandates for domestic and outbound international travel, and for federal workers, will be “suspended.” But, what would have to happen with the COVID-19 pandemic to prompt the Liberals to reinstate them? In an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said it’s hard to say, citing the […]

The fall of Justin Trudeau has begun

Jun 14 2022 — Don Martin — The Justin Trudeau brand is in trouble. The 2015 fresh prince of politics with the celebrity hair and rock star aura is heading into a 2022 summer of inflation-driven Canadian discontent as a faded force of personality in need of an exit strategy. You know there’s a reputation hit happening when Trudeau becomes the unnamed […]

Ottawa lifts COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal, transport workers

Jun 14 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — The federal government is lifting the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal public servants and transportation workers, on the same day it released details about dropping the mandate for domestic and outgoing travel. Treasury Board President Mona Fortier announced the change would come into effect on June 20. Fortier added that employees currently on administrative leave […]

Canada dropping vaccine mandate for domestic and outbound international travel as of June 20

Jun 14 2022 — Rachel Aiello — The Canadian government is dropping the requirement that domestic and outbound international travellers be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, effective June 20. This change will allow unvaccinated Canadians to board planes, trains, and busses heading to either domestic or international locations, but they will still be required to quarantine upon re-entry from another country. Foreign nationals […]

Charest accuses Poilievre campaign of inflating membership numbers

Jun 12 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Conservative Party of Canada leadership contender Jean Charest is accusing rival Pierre Poilievre of exaggerating his membership count, calling the claim “Pierreinflation.” The former Quebec premier says the Poilievre campaign’s assertion that they’ve signed up 311,958 Canadians thus far to support their team is “all spin.” “At the rate it’s going, we call it ‘Pierreinflation’ […]

Tourism minister says travel delays could be resolved in a ‘matter of weeks’

Jun 11 2022 — Sarah Turnbull — Canada’s Tourism Minister Randy Boissonnault says the federal government is focused on resolving the long delays travellers are experiencing at major airports in a “matter of weeks.” Speaking to CTV’s Question Period, Boissonnault said he’s not pleased with the reports of Canadians waiting hours to get through regular travel checkpoints, specifically at Toronto Pearson International […]

It’s time for the whiners to win and the government to reopen the skies

Jun 9 2022 — Don Martin — Incredibly, the current Pearson passenger chaos could be a calm before the perfect storm whacks Canada’s most important airport in just three weeks. The Toronto Pearson International Airport crush is about to face the year’s worst passenger crunch, the dreaded Canada Day jumpstart of the summer rush when an army of families with strollers and […]

Amid Poilievre criticism, BoC governor says he’ll ‘leave the politics to the politicians’

Jun 9 2022 — Mackenzie Gray — While Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre has called for his removal, Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem says he will “leave the politics to the politicians.” “We welcome diverse views, we welcome analysis, we welcome criticism of our work and our decisions,” said Macklem. “Canadians should be asking us tough questions.” Poilievre has said he […]