Justin Trudeau – LILLEY: Trudeau wants to deal with the border a year too late
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The quarantine order for people entering the country would come more than a week after the border closed.
When I arrived back in Canada on February 17, almost a month after the first COVID case had arrived in Canada the only place I was questioned about was Wuhan. If I had been there then I may have been asked to undergo secondary screening but as has been well documented, any screening was light.
The first known case of COVID-19 arrived in Canada reporting he had a cough and was returning from Wuhan and they let him in with no restrictions.
“We have enhanced screening measures in place at all international airports,” Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said on March 13, 2020.
Days later National Post columnist Matt Gurney described how his family arrived back in Toronto om March 16 from a trip to Orlando. He said the entire process took just over 6 minutes from arriving at the back of the line to answering questions on the electronic kiosks to being cleared by a customs agent.
“No questioning about symptoms. No temperature screening. No information about mandatory 14-day self-isolation. No signage, or at least not obvious signage. No multi-language pre-recorded PA announcements with public health details,” Gurney wrote.
This was the experience at Canada’s airports for months even after the borer was “closed.”
Of course, the border was never closed, just look at how many politicians and medical leaders went to St. Barts, Hawaii, Mexico, Dominican and Florida over the Christmas break. Nor was screening conducted in any serious manner as colleagues such as Joe Warmington have exposed time and again simply by asking arriving travellers about their experiences.