October 20, 2021
Canadian MPs can just use a negative COVID-19 test to enter the House of Commons and won’t have to prove they have been doubled vaxxed, says Blacklock’s Reporter.
MPs who do not have proof of vaccination “will have the option of providing proof of a recent negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test result,” wrote Speaker Anthony Rota.
The statement followed a closed-door, two-hour meeting of the Commons Board of Internal Economy that manages House affairs.
There had been previous talk about making vaccines mandatory for all MPs before they would be admitted inside the House.
“Details with respect to the implementation of the Board’s decision are being developed and will be communicated in due course,” said Rota.
MPs, taxpayers, reporters, diplomats and other visitors to the Commons who do not have proof of a negative test will be required to show they are fully vaccinated when the 44th Parliament convenes November 22.
“This requirement will apply to any person who wishes to enter the House of Commons precinct including Members and their staff, political research office employees, administration employees, members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, parliamentary business visitors, contractors and consultants,” said Rota.
The compromise order follows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s October 6 claim that all MPs must be vaccinated to set an example for the nation.
Some four million Canadians have declined COVID-19 shots to date, by Public Health Agency estimate.