Trudeau appears in Mississauga to announce funding for vaccine passports

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Published August 27, 2021 at 9:48 am

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is coming out this morning with a promise of money for provinces that develop their own form of vaccine passports.

On Aug. 27, Trudeau appeared at Nafisa restaurant in Mississauga’s Streetsville neighbourhood to promise a $1-billion fund provinces and territories could dip into to help them implement a proof-of-vaccination system.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Liberal candidate Rechie Valdez were also on hand at the announcement.

So far, Quebec and British Columbia have announced provincial vaccine passport systems.

Ontario has so far declined to implement a vaccine passport, despite calls from medical experts and business groups.

Funding would be on a per-capita basis and only if provinces back their systems with “an enforceable mandate” to show proof of full vaccination for visiting non-essential businesses.

Trudeau is also promising a re-elected Liberal government would put $100 million toward researching the long-term effects of COVID-19.

The Liberal leader is making the announcement during a swing through the Greater Toronto Area, in a province where vaccine passports have pitted a reluctant Progressive Conservative government against local medical officers of health and business groups.

This story by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 27, 2021.

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