The union that represents RCMP officers across the country says it will back any members who refuse Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s order to get vaccinated.
Trudeau has ordered all 300,000 federal workers to get jabs or face firing. He also said he would ban the unvaccinated from air and train travel.
“The [National Police Federation] supports a member’s right to choose to be vaccinated or not,” says a September 23 e-mail to members, obtained by CBC News.
“We will assist and represent members individually with their choice and its possible employment consequences.”
The union advised members to disclose their vaccination status only to the RCMP’s health services wing and not to a supervisor or manager, CBC reported.
The NPF represents 20,000 RCMP officers below the rank of inspector across the country.
The Liberal cabinet had earlier said all staff would have to be vaccinated by October 31.
“First off, we’re going to ensure the federal public service is vaccinated. There is a clear requirement of vaccination for anyone who works for the federal government,” Trudeau told a Tuesday press conference.
“Second, we’re going to make sure, in the coming weeks, that anyone 12 or older who wants to get on a plane or a train be fully vaccinated.”