Statement on Proposed Mandatory Hotel Quarantine

Ottawa, ON – Ted Falk, Member of Parliament for Provencher, responded today to the Liberal government’s proposed mandatory hotel quarantine for Canadians re-entering Canada:

“Last week, the Liberals announced that they intend to require ‘all air travellers arriving in Canada, with very limited exceptions’ to quarantine in a Government of Canada-designated hotel for three nights at their own cost, and take a COVID-19 molecular test on arrival at their own cost.’

“This came the same week as Manitoba’s Provincial Government hit Manitobans with their own set of new interprovincial travel restrictions.

“Canadians have made many sacrifices to help governments respond to COVID-19. After a full year, governments are still regularly imposing new – and often confusing – restrictions on Canadians.

“More restrictions are not a solution. Lockdowns and restrictions were enacted to buy governments time to find permanent solutions. Rapid testing, vaccines, variant testing capacity, therapeutics — these tools all now exist. We should be using these tools to reduce or eliminate quarantine times, like our allies around the world are doing, not adding new restrictions. The problem is Justin Trudeau has failed to procure and deploy the necessary tools to make this possible.

“As with the majority of what the Liberal government has done in the past year, we have long delays followed by knee jerk reactions, then band aid ‘solutions’, announced and enacted before anybody seems to have thought through the potential consequences. As such, they tend to just add to the chaos.

“It is clear the Liberals will continue demanding sacrifices from Canadians because they have failed to provide the tools necessary to ease restrictions while protecting the vulnerable.

“I call on the Prime Minister to recognize the tremendous sacrifices already made by Canadians, take responsibility for his own failures, and reverse this decision.”