Back to top

Lawyers challenge Trudeau gov’t over ‘aggressive,’ ‘totalitarian’ travel quarantines

endoftimenews's picture Post date: 05-02-2021

Lawyers challenge Trudeau gov’t over ‘aggressive,’ ‘totalitarian’ travel quarantines

We do not use ads. You can also help us a lot with the price of a coffee. Thank You!

CALGARY, Alberta, February 4, 2021  — Calgary lawyers have threatened to sue the federal government over recent arrests and detainment of law-abiding Canadian citizens and their transport to federal isolation facilities. The lawyers argue that the latest anti-COVID measures are “flagrant violations” of Canadians’ constitutional rights and freedoms, and reflect a government that is increasingly “aggressive” and totalitarian.

Several Canadians have described how unidentified police and public health officials arrested citizens entering their country, including some who had negative COVID blood test results, and forced them into white vans to transport them to undisclosed quarantine facilities. They said officers refused to identify themselves or answer questions about where and how long they or their loved ones would be detained.

“You are hereby on notice that if you do not immediately rescind these provisions, and release the Canadians you are holding illegally under arrest in federally designated containment facilities, we will imminently commence legal proceedings,” said a letter from Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) president John Carpay to Federal Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra.

“Your government has increasingly shown a disturbing and even aggressive opposition to the constitutional rights and freedoms of Canadians,” Carpay wrote.

“This is not China or Cuba, or Chile under Pinochet, or Spain under Franco, or theocratic Iran. We are not prepared to permit you and your government to turn Canada into a repressive replica of countries that have no respect for human rights and civil liberties.”

Late Saturday evening, a tearful mother from Red Deer, Alberta, posted a video of herself at the Calgary International Airport describing how when she went to collect her 20-year-old son, Ethan McDonald, who was flying home from Arizona, authorities prevented her from talking to him.

“They won’t let me talk to him. They won’t let me see him. They won’t come and talk to me,” Rebekah MacDonald said in the video post. “The border patrol services say they have nothing to do with it — they won’t tell me who has to do with it,” she said. “They won’t tell me who’s picking him up. They won’t tell me where he’s going. They won’t tell me anything.”

MacDonald found out after her son was released on Monday that he had been taken to a Westin hotel near the airport and was told not to leave the room. A guard was positioned in the hallway and food was left outside his door.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that all citizens returning to Canada would be subject to new travel restrictions that would see them taken to an isolation facility and tested, and that they would be able to leave if they produced a negative test. If they test positive, they are to be transported to another undisclosed isolation facility to complete a 14-day quarantine. Trudeau said the government would bill travelers about $2,000 each to cover testing, accommodations, and food.

MacDonald had purchased a COVID test for her son before he left Arizona. Even though he had tested negative, border officials said the antigen blood test was not accepted and that he would have to be re-tested at a quarantine facility. Then, they whisked him away. Ethan had actually received both an antigen test and a PCR test before returning to Canada, but his negative PCR test result was emailed to him just hours after he arrived in the quarantine facility, which was a hotel room at the Westin near the airport.

“So he now had two negative tests sitting there and no way to tell them,” his mother said in a video she posted on Wednesday. “He had to wait it out for their third test they had done in there and then be released when they saw fit.”

MacDonald criticized the lack of transparency, the secrecy of the officials who approached her, and their unwillingness to help. “There was zero accountability,” MacDonald said. “The problem is when you have a one-sided system like what the federal government has done here, that has no checks and balances, nobody you can call for help, nobody to ask questions to … you go in there under the premise that you’re going to be taken care of and safe, but there’s nobody watching out for that.”

MacDonald said that jail would be better than COVID quarantine. “You know, if you go to jail, at least you know where you are, and at least you know there are people [who] are watching, there is continuity, there are checks and balances, there is accountability.”

“Given a system like this where there is nothing, and say you do test positive, then you’re sent somewhere else for two weeks with even less accountability.”

MacDonald told the Western Standard newspaper that she was told to expect a bill for $2,000 for Ethan’s isolation but that she will refuse to pay it.

similar incident occurred on Thursday, apparently one day before Trudeau had even implemented his new measures, when Edmonton Pastor Nikki Mathis was arrested on her return from the United States and similarly whisked away in a white van to a nearby hotel while a police officer and a health agency officer refused to disclose to her husband where she was being taken.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms enshrines the protection and guarantee of individual rights and freedoms, such as the rights to liberty, mobility, and privacy, to all Canadians. All government orders, including emergency orders, must comply with the Charter and not infringe Canadians’ rights unless doing so can be demonstrably justified.

“It is necessary to have rigorous protections against oppression from the state precisely because the state is so inclined to abuse its authority,” stated Jay Cameron, Litigation Director for the JCCF in an e-mail to LifeSiteNews. “That’s why there is a right to not be arbitrarily detained or arrested, the right to remain silent, the right to counsel, the right to appear before a judge, the right to be released unless the Crown can show cause on an individual basis why someone ought to be detained.”