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Canadian News Jan 30, 2021 5:47 PM EST

Trudeau government to be sued for new travel restrictions

The Canadian federal government is facing an imminent legal action, which is in the process of being prepared, over new and allegedly unconstitutional travel restrictions.

Trudeau government to be sued for new travel restrictions
James Anthony Montreal QC

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The Canadian federal government is facing an imminent legal action, which is in the process of being prepared, over new and allegedly unconstitutional travel restrictions.

According to the website of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, "Immediate legal action is being prepared against the Trudeau government over the declaration that Canadian residents will be subjected to mandatory quarantine, at their own expense, after returning from international travel, regardless of their negative COVID status. These measures are a blatant violation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the right to enter and leave Canada, the right to liberty and security of the person, the right to not be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned, the right to retain legal counsel, and the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment."

The Justice Centre has also sent a letter to Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Transport, condemning the new measures.

The statement on their webpage continues, "Furthermore, it has come to the attention of the Justice Centre that the federal government is already arresting Canadians arriving in the country by air and transporting them to a secret location, even though they possess a negative PCR test.

"These citizens are being held unlawfully despite not having been convicted of any offence, not having had access to a lawyer, and not having appeared before a judge. Law enforcement officers are apparently refusing to inform family members of where their loved ones are being held. The letter notes that this policy aligns with the world’s most repressive and undemocratic regimes and is totally unacceptable," the statement continues.

"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."

The Justice Centre equates a "quarantine" of healthy or asymptomatic individuals to house arrest, and says it will "not be allowed to go unchallenged."

John Carpay, the President of the Justice Centre, said in a separate statement "The federal government is on notice that if it does not immediately rescind these measures, and release the Canadians being held under illegal arrest in federal facilities, we will imminently commence legal proceedings."

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