Trudeau appears in Mississauga to announce funding for vaccine passports
Published August 27, 2021 at 9:48 am
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.
.@JustinTrudeau is in Mississauga Streetsville with @rechievaldez and @BonnieCrombie at Nafisa restaurant announcing support for the creation of vaccine proof certification to protect our health and economy pic.twitter.com/w4O2AfXupL
— Omar Alghabra (@OmarAlghabra) August 27, 2021
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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