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‘Trudeau is Alone’: Fifth Canadian Province Abandons Vaccine Passports Amid Crackdown on Freedom Convoy

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, amid collapsing domestic approval ratings, is witnessing full-scale abandonment in the provinces, which is taking place as he moves to implement martial law on Freedom Convoy protesters who simply want their basic human rights respected.

Quebec is the latest province to revolt from the Canadian prime minister’s vaccine passport policy, Keean Bexte reported. “Trudeau is alone,” Bexte remarked.

On Monday, Quebec Premier François Legault met with public health officials Monday night to discuss lifting the province’s vaccine passport system. That announcement came on Tuesday afternoon.

Quebec thus becomes the fifth province to announce the end of the vaccine passports, joining Alberta, Saskatchewan, Prince Edward Island, and Ontario.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford denied that ending the mandates was a concession to the Freedom Convoy protesters.

“As of March 1, the province of Ontario will no longer require people show proof of vaccination to enter any indoor spaces, the premier, Doug Ford, announced on Monday morning,” the New York Times reported.

“Let me be very clear: We’re moving in this direction because it’s safe to do so,’’ Mr. Ford said. “Today’s announcement is not because of what’s happening in Ottawa, or Windsor, but despite it.”

But the announcement followed soon after Alberta and Saskatchewan also lifted vaccine mandates.

“Alberta and Saskatchewan are the first Canadian provinces to end vaccine passport programs as well as other major COVID-19 mandates,” Complex CA reported on Wednesday.

“Tuesday at midnight, Alberta’s vaccine passport system will came to an end,” the report added. “Premier Jason Kenney announced this will be the first public health restriction lifted in a phased approach.”

“Kenney plans for Alberta’s mask mandate to be lifted next Monday for children,” the report added. “All indoor masking regulations are set to be eliminated for March 1. Capacity limits will be stopped for all events under 500 people.”

“Our approach to COVID must change as the disease changes,” Kenney said about ending the mandates.

Alberta is similarly ending vaccine proof-of-vaccination requirements and other Covid restrictions.

“Beginning Feb. 14, Saskatchewan is set to end negative test or proof-of-vaccination requirements,” Complex CA noted. “Premier Scott Moe announced he will also be ending self-isolation for testing positive and indoor mask requirements by the end of the month. He said his decision was influenced by a “blend” of science and people across the province.”

Meanwhile, Prince Edward Island is taking a phased approach to ending its mandates, including the province’s “vax pass.”

“Step 3 is slated for April 7,” CBC CA reported last week. “This final step is when it is anticipated masking will no longer be required, the P.E.I. Vax Pass will be discontinued and there will be no limits on gatherings.”

British Columbia is also coming under increasing pressure to drop its vaccine passports.

“They all say follow the science, and we believe that the science is now saying the passports don’t make sense,” business owner Bruce Findlay said.

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, however, insisted, pace the actual science, that vaccines lower Omicron variant transmission.

Despite the provinces abandoning his authoritarian policies, Justin Trudeau on Monday invoked the Emergencies Act to suspend civil rights and impose a state of martial law on Freedom Convoy protests. The Canadian Prime Minister made the announcement on Monday.

“We cannot and will not allow illegal and dangerous activities to continue,” Trudeau said in the speech, claiming, “serious challenges to law enforcement’s ability to effectively enforce the law.”

However, a number of premiers have pushed back against Trudeau for invoking the Emergencies Act, stating the law enforcement have sufficient tools to handle the peaceful protests.

“The illegal blockades must end, but police already have sufficient tools to enforce the law and clear the blockades, as they did over the weekend in Windsor,” tweeted Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe.

“Therefore, Saskatchewan does not support the Trudeau government invoking the Emergencies Act. If the federal government does proceed with this measure, I would hope it would only be invoked in provinces that request it, as the legislation allows,” he added.

“I am proud of Manitoba’s law enforcement officials & have full confidence in them to protect our communities. The proposal from the federal government to use the Emergencies Act is not helpful to the situation at the Emerson Border,” Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson wrote.

“Alberta Premier Jason Kenney told reporters that he told Trudeau earlier on Monday that he would prefer if the Emergencies Act did not apply to Alberta, and that such a move was unnecessary in the province,” Fox News reported.

“Quebec Premier Francois Legault also warned that he did not want the Emergencies Act to be applied to his province, warning that he thought such a measure would be divisive,” the report added.

“It’s not time to throw fuel on the fire,” he said.

Now, the Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly has resigned over Prime Minister Trudeau taking control of the police force.

“The Ottawa Police Chief has resigned after Trudeau took control of police forces last night,” journalist Keean Bexte reported on Tuesday.

The AP attempted to frame the police chief’s resignation as coming from ‘criticism.’ It was due, however, to the chief’s disagreement with Trudeau’s mishandling of the Freedom Convoy protest.

According to Global News, “Sloly joined the force in October 2019 following his time with the Toronto Police Service, where he was deputy chief of chief for seven years. He served with the Toronto Police Service for a total of 27 years.”

“In response to calls to divert municipal funding from the police to social services, Sloly had previously acknowledged the need for ‘systemic change’ in policing,” the report added.

“Canadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said it is time for police to begin using their broad authority conferred under Canada’s Emergencies Act, which allows the government to ban the blockades and begin towing away trucks,” the AP reported.

“We need law enforcement to take the reins, to utilize the Emergencies Act and to enforce,” Mendecino said after Trudeau’s announcement. “We have given new powers to police and we need them to do the job now.”

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association condemned the authoritarian crackdown against the protesters.

“The federal government has not met the threshold necessary to invoke the Emergencies Act,” the CCLA said on Twitter. “This law creates a high and clear standard for good reason: the Act allows government to bypass ordinary democratic processes. This standard has not been met.”

“The Emergencies Act can only be invoked when a situation ‘seriously threatens the ability of the Government of Canada to preserve the sovereignty, security and territorial integrity of Canada’ & when the situation ‘cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada’,” the CCLA went on.

“Governments regularly deal with difficult situations, and do so using powers granted to them by democratically elected representatives,” the CCLA added. “Emergency legislation should not be normalized. It threatens our democracy and our civil liberties.”

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