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NEW | PM says he's considering making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for federal workers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that he's considering whether to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for federal employees. Trudeau said he is looking at whether new requirements to either require or encourage vaccination would be necessary in federal workplaces or in federally-regulated industries such as banks, rail and air travel, and Parliament.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sports a smile at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John's, N.L. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The province has struck a deal with Ottawa for a $10-a-day child-care program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Ready or not? Canadians apprehensive as parties brace for an election call

Behind the scenes, federal political parties are finalizing campaign plans in anticipation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling an election this month. But, with the latest national modelling warning that the country may be on the verge of a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, Canadians and the opposition parties are expressing concerns about hitting the trail.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets a protestor at a press conference held at a construction site, in Brampton, Ont., on Monday, July, 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

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NEW | PM says he's considering making COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for federal workers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that he's considering whether to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for federal employees. Trudeau said he is looking at whether new requirements to either require or encourage vaccination would be necessary in federal workplaces or in federally-regulated industries such as banks, rail and air travel, and Parliament.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sports a smile at the College of the North Atlantic in St. John's, N.L. on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. The province has struck a deal with Ottawa for a $10-a-day child-care program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan