Court Docs Show COVIDictator Trudeau’s Travel Ban On The Unvaxxed Did NOT ‘Follow The Science’

Written by Sir John, Eh! on August 2, 2022

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The Trudeau government has insisted that they have been diligently “following the science” in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These court documents expose that lie.

The Trucker protest in Ottawa made the world aware of some of the harsh public health measures imposed on Canadians during the pandemic.

One of the most heavy-handed was the vaccine requirement to travel both internationally and domestically.

While campaigning for an unnecessary election in August, Trudeau said that the roughly 5 million unvaccinated Canadians would basically be barred from travel.

Some of his most vile rhetoric against the unvaccinated came on that 2021 campaign trail. He said that the unvaccinated people put the vaccinated at risk.

Far too many fearful and stupid Canadians thought this was a compelling argument and voted Liberal.

After Trudeau won the election, (without the majority government that he so desperately wanted) the Liberal government announced that unvaccinated Canadians would be barred from international and domestic travel by plane, train, or boat. This is a flagrant violation of Canadians’ protected rights to travel between provinces and enter and leave Canada according to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which, ironically, was the crowning glory of Pierre Elliott Trudeau when he was Prime Minister.

In June, the Trudeau government announced that the vaccine mandate on domestic and outbound international travelers would be lifted, but the mask mandate and glitchy ArriveCAN app that is forcing people to quarantine unnecessarily are both staying in place with no end in sight. Unvaccinated Canadians returning to Canada will continue to be forced to quarantine for two weeks despite negative COVID tests.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced Tuesday that Canada would be suspending the COVID-19 vaccine mandates for domestic travel on planes and trains, as well as outbound international travellers. The mask mandate for travellers will remain in place.

“Masks are an effective way of reducing transmission, especially in areas with restricted space such as onboard planes, trains or cruise ships,” Alghabra said.

The changes come amid long lineups due to staffing shortages at airports in Canada, with many travellers expressing their frustrations with the delays in recent months as travel rebounds following a pandemic hiatus.

However, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said the decision to drop the mandate was not based on the situation at airports but rather, “based on science.”
Source: City News

Sure, Dominic. Whatever you’ve got to tell yourself to be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

As late as May 2022 the Transportation Minister had been defending the travel ban as necessary to “protect the health and safety of Canadians.”

Now it appears it was all just political and there was no scientific basis for the travel ban on the unvaccinated.

Rupa Subramanya, a freelance journalist that lives in Ottawa, posted an article on Bari Weiss’s Substack that deals quite a blow to the Trudeau government’s narrative.

Jennifer Little, the director-general of COVID Recovery, the secretive government panel that crafted the mandate, called it “one of the strongest vaccination mandates for travelers in the world.”

It was draconian and sweeping, and it fit neatly with the public persona that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had cultivated—that of the sleek, progressive, forward-looking technocrat guided by fact and reason. The Canadian Medical Association Journal, in a June 2022 article, observed that “Canada had among the most sustained stringent policies regarding restrictions on internal movement.”

But recently released court documents—which capture the decision-making behind the travel mandate—indicate that, far from following the science, the prime minister and his Cabinet were focused on politics. (Canadians are hardly alone. As Common Sense recently reported, American public-health agencies have also been politicized.)

The documents were released as part of a lawsuit filed by two Canadian citizens, Karl Harrison and Shaun Rickard. Both are business owners that have dual citizenship in Canada and the U.K. and have elderly parents living in Britain. The vaccine mandate meant that they would be barred from traveling to the U.K. to visit their elderly parents simply because they refused to comply with the vaccine which we now know does not work as advertised.

Rickard launched a lawsuit against the government in the fall of 2021 with a GoFundMe campaign and Harrison joined him when he learned of it through social media. After raising over $121,000, the GoFundMe campaign was forced off the platform in February when the government invoked the Emergencies Act against the truckers.

Rickard and Harrison’s attorney, Sam Presvelos, said that all government decisions related to public health demanded transparency. “Civil servants shouldn’t hide behind a shroud of secrecy,” Presvelos told me.

The whole point of the case was to lift that shroud and cast a spotlight on the unscientific basis of the mandate.

And hoo-boy! They hit the jackpot.

The documents reveal that this wasn’t a scientific decision at all because there was no one involved that could make a scientific determination about the travel ban.

Among other things, the court documents reveal:

  • No one in the COVID Recovery unit, including Jennifer Little, the director-general, had any formal education in epidemiology, medicine or public health.
  • Little, who has an undergraduate degree in literature from the University of Toronto, testified that there were 20 people in the unit. When Presvelos asked her whether anyone in the unit had any professional experience in public health, she said there was one person, Monique St.-Laurent. According to St.-Laurent’s LinkedIn profile, she appears to be a civil servant who briefly worked for the Public Health Agency of Canada. St.-Laurent is not a doctor, Little said.
  • (Reached on the phone, St.-Laurent confirmed that she was a member of COVID Recovery. She referred all other questions to a government spokesperson.)
  • Little suggested that a senior official in the prime minister’s Cabinet or possibly the prime minister himself had ordered COVID Recovery to impose the travel mandate. (During cross-examination, Little told Presvelos repeatedly that “discussions” about the mandate had taken place at “senior” and “very senior” levels.) But she refused to say who had given her team the order to impose the travel mandate. “I’m not at liberty to disclose anything that is subject to cabinet confidence,” she said.
  • The term “cabinet confidence” is noteworthy because it refers to the prime minister’s Cabinet. Meaning that Little could not talk about who had directed the COVID Recovery unit to impose the travel mandate because someone at the very highest levels of government was apparently behind it.
  • In the days leading up to the implementation of the travel mandate, transportation officials were frantically looking for a rationale for it. They came up short.

“The Trudeau government has claimed to follow The Science on COVID, but that science is strangely different than it is everywhere else,” Bruce Pardy, a law professor at Queens University and a board member at the conservative Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, said in an email. “Instead, its policies are based on spite, divisiveness, and pure politics. COVID now serves as an excuse to punish the government’s ideological enemies.”

The lawsuit will likely be tossed in September when a judge takes a look at the case just like all of the other challenges to the Trudeau government’s harsh COVID mandates, but the release of this information is a sort of win itself.

Richard and Harrison have been clear that they don’t want money — they want to expose the unscientific basis of the mandates, and their lawsuit has done that.

In his affidavit, he notes that the government vilifying unvaccinated Canadians has spilled over to personal interactions between Canadians.

“What I have personally struggled with and have found to be the most unconscionable and objectionable aspects of how this pandemic has been managed,” Rickard said in his affidavit, “is the unnecessary hateful, vindictive and divisive behavior that I have witnessed from neighbors, friends, family members, colleagues and our government. The words and action of our government, which has entrenched policies based on vaccination status, without reflecting the risk of those unvaccinated, is far from the warm, caring, and thoughtful Canada I remember living in.”
Source: Common Sense

Harrison is clearly frustrated with the apathy of Canadians to stand up for their rights.

“I find the idea of helplessness prevalent in Canada,” Harrison told Subramanya. “The idea of protesting doesn’t come naturally here. There’s a tendency for people to keep their head down, which I don’t understand, and the government exploits that.”

The government certainly does that. The Truckers inspired Canadians to stand up and they were quashed under the jackbooted thug Trudeau.

For many Canadians who have had it with Trudeau, the next election can’t come soon enough.

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by Doug Giles

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Read the book and find out!

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Sir John, Eh!
Sir John, Eh! Is ClashDaily's Canadian Correspondent who occasionally weighs in on what's going on in America's hat.