Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed in a post on Twitter on Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 as he faces thousands of protesters surrounding the nation’s capital in a massive truck convoy seeking freedom from vaccine mandates.
“This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m feeling fine – and I’ll continue to work remotely this week while following public health guidelines. Everyone, please get vaccinated and get boosted,” Trudeau wrote.
This morning, I tested positive for COVID-19. I’m feeling fine – and I’ll continue to work remotely this week while following public health guidelines. Everyone, please get vaccinated and get boosted.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 31, 2022
The prime minister is fully vaccinated and reportedly received his booster shot earlier this month on January 4.
“Got my booster shot this morning. To everyone out there who’s gotten their shots, and to the health care workers who are getting these shots into arms, thank you for doing your part. And to anyone who’s eligible but hasn’t yet been vaccinated or boosted, please, do that now,” he wrote.
Got my booster shot this morning. To everyone out there who’s gotten their shots, and to the health care workers who are getting these shots into arms, thank you for doing your part. And to anyone who’s eligible but hasn’t yet been vaccinated or boosted, please, do that now. pic.twitter.com/X5Qjm5h7NZ
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 4, 2022
The announcement came after the prime minister was criticized for disappearing to an undisclosed location on Saturday over alleged safety concerns after a peaceful truck convoy surrounded the capital of Ottawa.
Trudeau also received harsh pushback last week after referring to the truck convoy as a “small fringe majority.” The prime minister shared the comments in response to a reporter’s question on the Truckers for Freedom convoy.
“The small, fringe minority of people who are on their way to Ottawa, who are holding unacceptable views that they are expressing, do not represent the views of Canadians who have been there for each other, who know that following the science and stepping up to protect each other is the best way to continue to ensure our freedoms, our rights, our values as a country,” Trudeau said.
— True North (@TrueNorthCentre) January 26, 2022
As The Daily Wire reported on Saturday, large crowds gathered in Ottawa to protest against the nation’s vaccine mandates, particularly against truckers in the nation:
Video of the massive Freedom Convoy 2022 rally in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, illustrate how people showed up in massive numbers from daylight through night to protest against the Canadian government’s vaccine mandates. Those mandates would force unvaccinated Canadian truckers crossing into the United States to quarantine once they’ve returned home.
Incredible scenes in Ottawa, where tens of thousands have gathered to protest for an end to COVID lies and mandates.pic.twitter.com/ioH2TM5Y4o
— Michael P Senger (@MichaelPSenger) January 29, 2022
Freedom Convoy spokesman Benjamin Dichter told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, “We’ve seen Canada go from a country of Justin Trudeau’s promises of ‘sunny ways’ into dark authoritarian oppression and control. We want two things: we want to get rid of the vaccine mandates and the passports. And the passports, that’s the really concerning one. Yesterday it was my first time ever crossing the border in my truck with my digital passport, and I held my phone up to the border agent to give him the QR code. You know what he said to me? ‘Oh, it’s okay, I don’t need it.’”
“So what do you mean, you don’t need it?” Richter recalled asking, adding that the agent replied, “Your phone already popped up on my screen and is correlated with your passport.”
“Think of that,” Richter said. “Can you believe that? So they know everybody who’s coming up to the border before they’re there and they’re tracking them. Maybe it’s outlandish, but what’s to prevent the government from introducing that across Canada and not limiting it to just borders?”
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