Voting can be done safely despite pandemic, Canada’s chief public health officer says


Canada’s chief public health officer is confident people will be able to cast ballots safely in an expected federal election, despite a fourth wave of COVID-19 fuelled by the highly contagious Delta variant. Dr. Theresa Tam says safety protocols can be put in place to minimize the risk of voting in person, as has been done in recent provincial elections. She says Canada’s high rate of vaccinations also provides additional protection. Tam notes that anyone who feels at risk can always opt to vote by mail instead. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is widely expected to pull the plug on his minority Liberal government this month for an election in mid to late September. Trudeau continued Thursday to dodge questions about an imminent election call, insisting his government is focused on the pandemic and urging all Canadians to get vaccinated. “There’s definitely ways to vote safely,” Tam said during a pandemic briefing Thursday. “Certainly, if there’s a mail-in option, people can take advantage of that. I think it’s great to have an option but in-person voting can be done safely.”

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