'It is what it is': Trudeau transportation minister says no plans to update travel and masking policies

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Trudeau Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said that masking guidelines will remain in Canada for the time being, as the US moved yesterday to drop its national mandate on transport.

During an appearance in Calgary on Tuesday, Alghabra said that Canada would continue to follow advice from “experts and doctors.” He did not comment directly on the US’s court ruling.

“The mask regulation is in place and it’s based on the advice that we received from our experts and doctors and based on data. It is proven that masks prevent or reduce the transmission of COVID,” he said, according to CTV News. “There is no change in our regulation… Whenever the advice that we receive changes because circumstances change, we will change our regulation. But for now it is what it is,” he continued.

A US federal judge from Florida ruled on Monday that the CDC had overstepped its authority in issuing a mask mandate. The CDC’s suggestion was the premise on which the Transportation Security Administration had taken its direction.

The judge who overturned the mask mandate on airplanes, Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, is a 35-year-old former Justice Clarence Thomas clerk, and was appointed by Trump and confirmed by the Senate in 2020.

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