The Justice Centre has announced it will file legal action against the Federal Government on or before Wednesday, February 17, in response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declaring to media that Canadians returning from travel will continue to be forcibly confined in hotels at a cost of $2,000 per traveller.
The Justice Centre first sent a legal demand letter to Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra on January 29, 2021 warning it would sue in Federal Court if the government proceeded with this plan for mandatory quarantine imposed on Canadians, and the mandatory 14 day confinement at secret locations, of Canadian citizens who tested positive for Covid.
The Justice Centre already represents 13 individual applicants in the comprehensive new lawsuit underway and many more may be added. The non-profit law firm and registered charity has received thousands of emails of outrage from travelling Canadians, since the federal government first announced that all citizens, regardless of their reason for travel, would be forced to have a Covid PCR test specifically, to board an airplane to return to Canada, and then be forced to take another PCR test on arrival, and be forcibly quarantined for a minimum of three days while waiting for a negative test result, at their expense. Further, anyone with a positive test would then “be immediately required to quarantine in designated government facilities,” according to Mr. Trudeau. The government is contracting security guards to enforce mandatory quarantines, with the added threat of arrest and jail for Canadians who refuse to be forcibly confined in a federal facility. On February 9, the government announced that anyone arriving by land without a negative PCR test could face fines up to $3,000. As of February 22, travellers will also be required to submit to another Covid test towards the end of a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
The lawsuit being brought by the Justice Centre is in the process of being finalized and will be served on the Trudeau government early next week, including the affidavit of Steven Duesing, a 34-year-old Scarborough, Ontario man (pictured above) who retained the Justice Centre after being forcibly detained for three days in a Toronto Raddison Hotel. Mr. Duesing arrived back home in Canada with a negative antigen test that cost him $130, instead of a PCR test.