Trudeau, one of the only Western leaders to mandate masks on trains, spotted maskless on train


Despite heading one of the only Western governments to still mandate face masks on rail transport, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was conspicuously maskless as he shook hands during a Monday photo op aboard an Okanagan, B.C., steam train.

The prime minister was not breaking any laws; the Kettle Valley Steam Railway is a heritage railroad not bound by federal transport regulations. However, the visit led to cries of hypocrisy nonetheless as COVID presumably can spread just as easily on tourist trains as aboard VIA Rail trains.

As Transport Canada warned just last month, passengers can be ejected from a train and even get hit with a $5,000 fine if they’re caught maskless during the journey — or even within a station during a stop.