During the federal election, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau pledged that only he would keep Canadians safe by bringing in vaccine mandates, including for federal workers. When Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole suggested that rapid testing of federal workers was an option, Trudeau ridiculed it.
“That’s not good enough,” Trudeau repeatedly said of O’Toole’s proposal that those who didn’t want to be vaccinated be tested regularly.
“We’re unequivocal that civil servants must be vaccinated,” Trudeau said at the start of the campaign while warning of consequences for workers who chose not to get the jab.
That must be vaccinated rhetoric remains in place but the actual policy allows for numerous exemptions and for testing, the thing Trudeau said wasn’t good enough. Last week, Trudeau unveiled his plan for mandatory vaccinations for more than 267,000 federal workers.
“Proof of vaccination will be required by no later than the end of this month for all federal employees,” Trudeau said last week.
“If you want to continue working for the public service of Canada, you’re going to need to be fully vaccinated.”
Despite Trudeau’s heated rhetoric on this issue over the last two months, the actual policy being implemented doesn’t require any employee to show proof of vaccination, allows for medical and religious exemptions, and provides testing as an alternative for employees who do not get vaccinated.
The official policy tells managers that they must have accommodation measures for unvaccinated employees, “which may include mandatory testing.”
In essence, the official government of Canada policy is exactly what Trudeau campaigned against all through the election. As I said at the time, he only saw COVID-19 as a political tool to beat his opponents with while whipping up fear among the voting public.
Rather than show proof of vaccinations, like people heading into restaurants in Ottawa, civil servants will only need to sign an attestation that they are vaccinated. For all Trudeau’s talk, the requirement for having a sandwich at lunch is higher than working in the public service.
Managers are instructed to provide accommodations for those unable to get vaccinated “up to the point of undue hardship.” The government’s definition of those who are unable to get vaccinated could easily include those who simply don’t want to be vaccinated.
The memo, shared with all managers, states those unable to be fully vaccinated includes people who have not had both shots “due to a certified medical contraindication, religion or any other prohibited ground of discrimination as defined in the Canadian Human Rights Act.”
Trudeau said at his news conference last week that exemptions would be “exceedingly narrow, specific and to be honest, somewhat onerous to obtain.”
His actual policy states otherwise, proving once again that Trudeau sees this issue as a political one. There’s no difference between what Trudeau’s government is implementing and what O’Toole proposed other than tone.
Even without these mandates, 88% of Canada’s eligible population has received their first shot and 82% have received their second. In Ottawa, home to more federal civil servants than any other community in the country, more than 90% have had their first shot and more than 85% their second.
All Trudeau is doing, once again, is posturing, grandstanding, virtue signalling, that he has the right feelings about an issue even if his actual policy is in practice the same as those he ridiculed.
This policy won’t make anyone safer but it will make Trudeau and his cult-like followers feel better about themselves and superior to you.