A group of combined U.S. governors and Canadian premiers are seeking to get Old Uncle Joe and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to toss out their vaccine mandates for all border crossings between the countries for truckers.
On Wednesday the group in question is made up of 16 governors and two premiers have written and issued letters all the way to the top brackets of both the U.S. and Canadian governments in attempts to try and get vaccine and quarantine exemptions reinstated for all truckers that are seeking to pass between the two countries. The letters in question pointed out the strain that the mandates were causing on an already stressed and struggling supply chain. In part, the letter stated:
We are writing to request that you immediately reinstate the vaccine and quarantine exemptions available to cross border truck drivers. We understand the vital importance of vaccines in the fight against COVID-19 and continue to encourage eligible individuals to get vaccinated. However, we are deeply concerned that terminating these exemptions has had demonstrably negative impacts on the North American supply chain, the cost of living, and access to essential products for people in both of our countries.
The timing of your decision to terminate the vaccine and quarantine exemptions could not have been worse, as North America already faces grave supply chain constraints. These restraints, combined with increasing inflation, place significant burdens on the residents of Canada and the United States. Furthermore, transportation associations have informed us that the lack of exemptions will force thousands of drivers out of the trucking industry, which is already facing a significant workforce shortage. The removal of these exemptions is ultimately necessary, and we cannot afford to lose any more truck drivers who transport food and other vital supplies across the border.
Today, I've signed a letter along with @PremierScottMoe, @GovGianforte and 15 other American governors urging President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau to drop the cross-border vaccine mandate for truckers.
It's bad public health theatre and it needs to go.
Read below ⬇: pic.twitter.com/xGKUaE98dT
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) February 16, 2022
On the Canadian side it was signed by Premiers Jason Kenney of Alberta and Scott Moe of Saskatchewan. Across the border, however, it was penned by Montana Governor Greg Gianforte who spearheaded the effort alongside a group of 15 others: Kay Ivey of Alabama, Mike Dunleavy of Alaska, Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Brian Kemp of Georgia, Brad Little of Idaho, Kim Reynolds of Iowa, Tate Reeves of Mississippi, Mike Parson of Missouri, Pete Ricketts of Nebraska, Doug Burgum of North Dakota, Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Bill Lee of Tennessee, Spencer Cox of Utah, and Mark Gordon of Wyoming.
The issuing of this letter takes place just a scant few days in the wake of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taking the extreme step to call on the Emergencies Act in an attempt to increase pressure on the thousands of demonstrators participating in the Freedom Convoy protests.