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Justin Trudeau Moved To Secret Location During Canada Vax Protests: Report

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family were reportedly moved to a secret location Saturday after thousands of protesters descended on the country’s capital to decry COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

Trudeau, his wife and their children were relocated from their Ottawa home to the undisclosed location in the capital amid heightened security concerns, sources told CBC.

The prime minister’s itinerary for the day usually states he is in Ottawa if he’s at home, but on Saturday it was changed to say “National Capital Region.” Trudeau has been working remotely and isolating after one of his children tested positive for COVID last week.

The move to relocate Trudeau came as the protesters — mostly made up of a huge convoy of truckers — rolled into the city to rail against vaccine mandates, masks and lockdowns.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin TrudeauCanada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reportedly moved to a secret location.DAVE CHAN/AFP via Getty Images Supporters arrive at Parliament Hill for the Freedom Truck Convoy to protest against Covid-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in Ottawa, Canada, on January 29, 2022.Supporters arrive at Parliament Hill for the Freedom Truck Convoy to protest against Covid-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in Ottawa, Canada, on January 29, 2022.Supporters arrive at Parliament Hill for the Freedom Truck Convoy to protest against Covid-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in Ottawa, Canada, on January 29, 2022.LARS HAGBERG/AFP via Getty Images

The so-called “Freedom Convoy” initially started as a protest against a vaccine mandate for cross-border truckers, but quickly grew into a mass demonstration against the Canadian government over COVID regulations.

Dozens of trucks were lined up in front of the Parliament buildings by Saturday morning, including some who parked on the grounds of the National War Memorial.

Protestors compared the vaccine mandates to fascism, one truck carried a Confederate flag and many carried expletive-laden signs targeting Trudeau.

Members of the Constitutional Coalition of WNY and New York State Republican congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27) gathered at the Rainbow Bridge, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. To protest cross-boarder restrictions placed on international travellers.The Canadian government is still mandating a closed land border to unvaccinated foreign Nationals. Lori Cappellazzo / POLARIS

The convoy of truckers and others prompted police to prepare for the possibility of violence and warn residents to avoid downtown.

A top Parliament security official also advised lawmakers to lock their doors amid reports their private homes may be targeted.

The truckers and others were protesting a new rule that took effect on January 15 that requires truckers entering Canada be fully vaccinated against COVID. 

A crowd of protesters part of the Freedom Convoy 2022 gather in front of Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Canada, 29 January 2022The Freedom Convoy 2022 started with truckers from across Canada who oppose the vaccine mandate for truckers to be vaccinated to return to Canada.EPA/ANDRE PICHETTE

The organizers of the protest have called for the forceful elimination of all COVID-19 restrictions and vaccine mandates — and some called for the removal of Trudeau.

Canada's Justin Trudeau Isolating After COVID-19 Exposure

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday that he had been exposed to COVID-19 and was isolating at home.

"Last night, I learned that I have been exposed to COVID-19," the prime minister said in a tweet on Thursday. "I feel fine and will be working from home. Stay safe, everyone - and please get vaccinated."

He added that he would follow Ottawa Public Health's policy and isolate for five days.

Canada is currently listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the highest travel risk category, or "Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19."

The Coronavirus Resource Center for Johns Hopkins University reported that the country has seen a record high for new COVID-19 cases this month with over 907,000 new cases in January, a surge likely powered by the highly contagious omicron variant.

Last month, Canada announced that it would reinstate a testing requirement for travelers returning to the country after traveling abroad. Specifically, the country said it would require people returning from short term travel to show negative COVID-19 results from a PCR test.

But Trudeau also urged its residents against non-essential travel in December saying that "now is not the time to travel."

"If you're planning to travel outside of Canada for the holidays, please, change your plans. Let's be clear: with the emergence of the Omicron variant and its spread around the world, now is not the time for non-essential international travel," Trudeau said on Twitter at the time.

New Parks Canada Minister Told To Create More Parks

In Ivvavik National Park, two of Parks Canada's famous red chairs await visitors.

In Ivvavik National Park, two of Parks Canada's famous red chairs await visitors/Jennifer Bain

The new federal minister responsible for Parks Canada has been told to create new national parks, national urban parks and national marine conservation areas. Steven Guilbeault got his marching orders in a Dec. 16 mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In an ambitious five-year plan, Trudeau wants 10 new national parks and 10 new national marine conservation areas, and he wants Parks Canada to work with Indigenous communities on co-management agreements for all of them.

Steven Guilbeault is the new minister responsible for Parks Canada.

By 2030, Trudeau also wants to see 15 new national urban parks, with at least one in each of the 10 provinces and each of the three territories. This is “to ensure all Canadians have access to green space,” wrote Trudeau. Right now, Canada has just one — Rouge National Urban Park — and it’s in the Greater Toronto Area. 

“You will also invest in existing national parks, with more Canadians than ever before visiting these sites,” Trudeau wrote in the 10-page mandate letter.

Guilbeault — who is also minister of environment and climate change — was told to help reduce emissions, create clean jobs and address existing climate-related challenges.

“The science is clear. Canadians have been clear. We must not only continue taking real climate action, we must also move faster and go further,” Trudeau wrote. “As Canadians are increasingly experiencing across the country, climate change is an existential threat. Building a cleaner, greener future will require a sustained and collaborative effort from all of us.”

Guilbeaut, first elected as the Member of Parliament for Laurier—Sainte Marie in 2019, was previously minister of Canadian heritage.

According to his biography, Guilbeault is an activist who rides his bike all year long. He climbed a tree when he was just five to protect it from real estate developers who were about to cut down the woods behind his home in La Tuque, Quebec. When he was 30, he climbed Toronto’s CN Tower to call for Canada to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and reduce greenhouse gases. In 1993, he co-founded Équiterre, Quebec’s largest environmental organization. He has worked for Greenpeace and companies dedicated to developing clean technologies.

Guilbeault was given until March to detail how Canada will meet its legislated 2030 climate goals.

Trudeau shook up his cabinet after the Liberal Party won the October 2021 federal election. The next federal election must be on or before Oct. 20, 2025.

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