Transport Minister Omar Alghabra will make an announcement today (July 15) regarding Canada's cruise industry. The media briefing will take place at the Ogden Point DeepWater Terminal in Victoria, British Columbia.
The precise content of the announcement to be made by Minister Alghabra is still unknown. However, we know that he will be accompanied at the press briefing by the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Rob Fleming, who will also deliver a speech.
While many may be hoping that today's announcement will focus on banning cruises in Canadian waters until 2022, Minister Fleming's presence suggests that the announcement may focus, at least in part, on cruise infrastructure.
On February 4, the Government of Canada announced a ban on cruise ships carrying 100 or more people in all Canadian waters until February 28, 2022. It was explained at the time that these cruises "pose a risk to our health systems."
In May, the U.S. government passed legislation temporarily allowing cruise ships bound for Alaska to bypass Canada. Since then, several airlines have resumed offering Alaskan cruises to fully vaccinated passengers.
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