During the interview with the CBC, Trudeau again insisted that Canada's vaccine mandates were a "choice" and that "nobody was ever was going to force anyone into doing something they don't want to do." Canada's federal vaccine mandates made it so that public servants were required to be vaccinated to keep their jobs, and made it so that the unvaccinated could not board a plane or train in Canada.
The prime minister also provided $5 billion in funding to the provinces so that they could put into place vaccine passport systems that barred the unvaccinated from most restaurants, bars, and in many cases, religious institutions. In all, the unvaccinated had to be willing to lose their job, lose their ability to travel, be barred from their local religious institutions, and be subjected to name-calling from Trudeau, who called the unjabbed sexists, racist extremists who don't believe in science.
Trudeau insisted to the CBC that "It was their choice and nobody ever was going to force anyone into doing something they don't want to do. But there are consequences when you don't. You cannot choose to put at risk your co-workers. You cannot choose to put at risk the people sitting beside you on an airplane."
Trudeau continued, comparing his views on abortion with his views on the unvaccinated, saying: "Any time you're going to take a strong position, especially one that is contested in society, there are going to be people who feel that you are strong against them. And what you have to do every step of the time as a leader is figure out whether or not it is worth the division to stand up on something that you know is right, and whether it's women's rights or the freedom of people to be protected during a pandemic."
On Friday, following the Roe decision in the US, Trudeau spoke as if he was a staunch defender of human rights—rights that he said should not be "taken for granted."
"Today, I think of those generations of women around the world, and specifically in the United States, who fought so hard to gain rights and continue to fight today to get more and more rights, because there's still so much more work to do, and are facing this devastating setback," he said while in Rwanda.
"It shows how much standing up and fighting for rights matters every day. We can't take anything for granted. We need to continue to stand strong to defend everyone's rights and freedoms," he said, "in Canada and internationally, standing up internationally as well, whether it's fighting for women's rights here in Africa, or supporting people fighting for their rights in the United States."
These words from the same prime minister who invoked the never-before-used Emergencies Act on peaceful protestors who had been directly discriminated against by the prime minister's policies. Those protestors, whose livelihoods were already at risk or had already been taken away, were then threatened with having their bank accounts frozen by the government.