The downward trend yesterday allowed the Canadian government to unveil the first reductions that will come into effect on July 6. From that date, travelers fully vaccinated with one of the four vaccines recognized in Canada will be exempt from quarantine.
But, mainly because of the Delta variant, the borders remain closed for non-essential travel, at least until July 21, to the chagrin of the tourism industry which would like the Trudeau government to unveil a more specific reopening plan with parameters and timelines.
It will depend on
immunization level in Canada, pandemic status and variants here and elsewhere in the world, said the Prime Minister.
The latter wanted to be reassuring in the face of the fears of some Quebecers who are afraid of not being able to be exempted from quarantine, because of a different policy concerning people who have already been sick with COVID-19.
In Quebec, the latter only need to receive a single dose to be considered fully vaccinated, but this does not apply at the federal level where two doses are required for them to be considered fully vaccinated.
We recognize that there are places like Quebec or other countries that recognize that a single dose is possible.
With our experts and our scientists, we are looking into this, but we were not ready to make a decision yesterday when the announcement was made., he added. The same goes for unvaccinated children who currently have to quarantine when they return from their trip.
End of a busy parliamentary session
The day promises to be busy on the federal political scene as the end of the session is scheduled for tomorrow. The Ombudsman for National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces held a press conference this morning on the occasion of the publication of a report calling for greater accountability among senior leaders of the Armed Forces.
We are going to make major changes in the coming months in terms of procedures in the army as Ms. Arbor makes recommendations.
The latter referred to the mandate given to the former lawyer, Louise Arbor, to carry out
an independent review the military’s handling of sexual assault, harassment and other misconduct.
A firearms announcement is also due in the afternoon. Federal Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair will be in the driver’s seat. Among what will be announced is the fact that from July 7 the criminal background check will be done over the life of the applicant and not just over the last five years.
Let us recall that the relatives of the victims of the Polytechnique massacre particularly deplore the absence of a compulsory gun buyback program that would be regulated under Bill C-21.
Obstruction of Parliament
Before concluding his speech, Mr. Trudeau recalled that there remains
important bills to pass, but the Conservative Party has been doing everything to prevent these files from moving forward for months.
These files concern, among other things, the banning of conversion therapy aimed at modifying a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or the achievement of carbon neutrality by 2050.
We count on progressive parties like the NPDNew Democratic Party and the Bloc to be able to make this a reality, launched the Canadian Prime Minister.
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