Transport minister’s mandate includes vaccines, emissions, supply chain

Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has a mandate in hand for the coming term of office – and it includes the call for Covid-19 vaccines in the transportation sector.

The details emerged in a mandate letter issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling on Alghabra to “continue to work with the federally regulated transportation sector to ensure that Covid-19 vaccination is prioritized for those workers.”

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra (Photo: Government of Canada)

The federal government has announced plans to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for border-crossing truck drivers as of Jan. 15, and also to apply a mandate to a broader list of federally regulated road transportation workers. Those workers include truck drivers who cross provincial borders.

Road transportation has, to date, been exempted from federal vaccine mandates applied to workers in other transportation sectors.

Alghabra was also told to continue to work with the ministers of public safety and health on the safe, responsible and compassionate management of the border with the U.S. and other ports of entry.

“We must not only continue taking real climate action, we must also move faster and go further,” Trudeau added. “As minister, I expect you to seek opportunities within your portfolio to support our whole-of-government effort to reduce emissions, create clean jobs and address the climate-related challenges communities are already facing.”

Alghabra’s targets for reducing emissions include developing a strategy to “decarbonize emission-intensive on-road freight”.

He is also told to “work to reduce and prevent supply chain bottlenecks in Canada’s transportation networks through the National Trade Corridors Fund and legislative and regulatory authorities.”

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  • Need to fix parking English level and training of O T R drivers after Colorado. Need to set min rates on payroll for local of $24.00/after 2 years experience and min on payroll of $28.75 / hr plus medical for O t R driver after 2 years experience
    Also. Proper medical care and a safe trip home if sick or injured on the job.

  • If he really wanted to make things safer for us, he’d focus on addressing the biggest danger we face in our industry, -all the inexperienced truck drivers on our roadways. Hardly a day goes by where the TransCanada isn’t shut down for an unexplainable accident. Yet here he is focusing on vaccinations and the climate. Piece of work.

  • This is disgusting abuse of power. If you don’t fight this with your whole body it will collapse society’s as we know them… I pray for our future.

  • Just Park the dam Trucks for 1 week and we will have all Government’s attention, and they will make lots of changes very quick.

  • That is so true if we all park our trucks for two weeks after Christmas we will get what we want from the government maybe some of the BS will be settled down it’s time to do it and we can do it they cry about the supply chain they couldn’t care less about us truck drivers they implement ELD‘s and they think it’s the greatest thing as slight spy but it isn’t takes time away from my driver getting home it’s all to do with safety that is not true at all because everybody is racing the clock now very sad to say I’ve been out there for 45 years and I think I will be done after this year you all have a merry Christmas and a happy new year take care

  • Just another display of the absolute disconnect between big gov and reality! Which in turn sends experienced road worthy truckers into early retirement, because the bs is getting so deep! I do hope they know the old saying of , you reap what you sow!