Mr. Masterson began his speech to the committee by stating that “Canada’s chemistry industry is the third-largest manufacturing sector in the country and the second-largest rail shipper.” He noted that every day the industry ships 550 railcars – that’s over 4,000 cars a week—and they do that 52 weeks a year. The Canadian rail industry as a whole is a revenue behemoth for the government of Canada and in 2019 had a total operating revenue of over $15 billion dollars.
Unless you can walk or drive a personal vehicle, you cannot go anywhere within the country and you certainly can’t leave it. Some businesses won’t let you in. You cannot practise your profession and you could lose your professional designation. Your children cannot attend regular schooling, sports or social activities. Higher education will not accept you. Your government, the one you have paid taxes to your entire life, now says that you are unclean and unfit for society. The leader of the country publicly queries “How long will we tolerate these people”.
Summer is coming and many people are thinking about their vacation, but can you travel within or outside of Canada this year? The answer is a little more complicated than you might think. As other countries remove their entry and exit mandates, Canada has only loosened theirs…a little.