In response to President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine the Minister of Transport announced March 1st that the Federal Government intends to ban Russian-owned or registered ships and fishing vessels in Canadian ports and internal waters. The ban is expected to be in effect later this week through orders made pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act.
These actions are part of ongoing coordination efforts among G7 partners and like-minded countries to hold Russian leadership accountable for its escalating aggression.
It must be remembered that, under Canadian law, only Foreign Affairs can deny entry via civil legal proceedings. Agencies such as the Canadian Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Royal Canadian Navy have no legal power to deny a vessel entry to Canadian waters.
Sadly, the announcement is little more than virtue signaling as the goal would take several years to implement.