Opinion Mar 8, 2021 2:57 PM EST

Trudeau Liberals' quarantine hotels are egregious abuse of government power

While criminals were let out of jails, innocent Canadian citizens are effectively being jailed.

Trudeau Liberals' quarantine hotels are egregious abuse of government power
Spencer Fernando Winnipeg, MB
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Canada under the "leadership" of the Trudeau government often seems like the twilight zone.

And so it is with the quarantine prison hotels Canadians are being subjected too.

As I noted on Twitter in a message that clearly struck a nerve with people, we have watched this government let criminals out of jail while criminalizing innocent Canadians:

"The federal government let people out of prison due to the risk of the virus, and is forcing people into quarantine hotels due to the risk of the virus. How does that make any sense?"

First of all, it’s no surprise that the quarantine hotels were only brought into force once all the politicians had returned from their overseas jaunts.

Can’t have the elites treated badly, right?

And as we have seen with how this government treats law-abiding gun owners, they love to criminalize innocent people while going easy on those who commit crimes.

Worst of all is that the government claims the facilities are about ‘safety,’ but they have ended up being extremely dangerous places, particularly for women.

As Conservative Health Critic Michelle Rempel Garner noted in a recent column, the quarantine hotels are putting women at risk, and pointed out Liberal hypocrisy on the issue:

"Keeping women safe and stopping the spread of COVID-19 are not mutually incompatible goals. Pre and post-arrival testing procedures like the Alberta Border Pilot Program have proven safe and effective for augmenting quarantines within homes. I have pressed the Liberals for data that showed that the hotel quarantine program was more effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 than other methods that might be safer for women. They have not provided any.

"This isn’t a government that can claim a solid track record for consistent and effective COVID-19 policies. Remember, only a year ago, Hadju herself insisted that border measures wouldn’t work to stop the spread of COVID-19. Her government took far too long to implement even the most basic border restrictions then; it is prioritizing pandemic theatre that puts women at risk now."

There is an even deeper issue here, and that is the question of government power and the civil liberties of Canadians.

The government shouldn’t have the power to force innocent people into dangerous forced-quarantine facilities, a clear deprivation of individual freedom and imposition of state power.

We also see the cruelty of the government – as often happens when politicians abuse their power – in examples like a family being forced to pay the government $3,458 for a 15-hour detention at a federal government quarantine facility. Making matters worse, they had just returned from a funeral.

This cruelty is the result of a government that failed to do their job initially, and now seeks to "fix" that failure with massive overreaction.

When the virus could have been contained, the Trudeau government called people "racist," "bigoted," and "xenophobic" for wanting border controls. As Rempel-Garner accurately notes, the quarantine hotel prisons are "theatre," and this ‘theatre’ is costing Canadians their rights and putting people in danger.

The quarantine prisons need to be shut down, and it is time for the government to step back and remember that it exists to defend our rights, not impose draconian restrictions on us.

This egregious abuse of government power must come to an end.

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