The federal Liberal government finally buckled under pressure from both the travel industry as well as the general public to drop the discriminatory vaccine passport, and mandatory testing system to board an airline or train.
The travel industry was particularly instrumental in the Liberals’ backing down, as the industry finally started exerting concentrated pressure on the government to ditch the restrictions which had slowed down travel and slashed their customer base.
In an attempt to pitch this reversal by the Liberals as a win, the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Dominic LeBlanc, stated that:
Today’s announcement is possible because Canadians have stepped up to protect each other. We are now able to adjust our policy because we have followed consistently the best advice from public health authorities,
The reason Minister LeBlanc gives is patently false as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the rest of the Liberal cabinet had been experimenting with the idea of mandating booster shots in order to board a flight.
Vaccination rates have also remained relatively flat over the past several months, with some of those who were already vaccinated getting boosters and those who were unvaccinated continuing to resist the pressures of the government to violate their personal healthcare principles.