Brantford, ON – January 26, 2022 – Larry Brock, Member of Parliament for Brantford-Brant and Deputy Shadow Minister for Justice and Attorney General of Canada, issued the following statement on the federally mandated vaccine policy for international truckers.
On January 15, 2022, the Liberal government implemented a mandatory vaccination policy for cross border truck drivers. Over 26,000 truckers are now unable to freely transport goods across the Canada-U.S. border.
“While Conservatives believe that vaccines are safe, effective and our best way to fight Covid- 19, we are opposed to the federal vaccine mandates imposed by the Trudeau government. Our trucking industry is a sector that has shown very little or no transmission of COVID-19 within the workplace. Truckers are hardworking individuals, who over the course of the pandemic have shipped goods and delivered essential supplies across Canada. They are our front-line heroes who keep our grocery store shelves stocked and critical items moving. Restricting this essential industry will only serve to exacerbate supply chain issues.
“Canada needs a reasonable approach that keeps people safe and our economy intact. Vaccines work, tests work, masks work, but mandates don’t.
“Every sector plays a vital role in our post pandemic recovery. It is imperative that our supply chains are restored, and our truckers get back to work, in order to build back our economy.”