The decision to force travellers to quarantine at a COVID-19 hotel at their own expense upon returning to Canada is a “blatant violation” of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Justice Centre reports.
On January 29, the Justice Centre announced that legal action will be taken against the Trudeau government in light of the mandatory hotel quarantining decision.
In a letter that was sent to the Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, the Justice Centre criticized the Trudeau government for “its disturbing and aggressive opposition to the constitutional rights and freedoms of Canadians”.
The Trudeau government received the cease and desist request last week.
The letter goes as far as to say that the government is now “arresting Canadians at the border and transporting them to secret federal locations even when they possess a negative PCR test”.
“The government’s arrest and detention of Canadians in this fashion is unlawful and unconstitutional, and we demand the immediate release of any Canadian currently being so detained,” wrote John Carpay, the president of the Justice Centre, in the report.
“The government has not explained why people cannot self-isolate at home,” he added.
While it is unclear whether the government will make any changes to its mandatory hotel quarantining decision, Carpay urges that “locking people up in secret locations, without a right to call a lawyer or to have their detention reviewed by a judge, is in line with practices carried out by the world’s most repressive regimes”.
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