“It’s really a lot of money — that’s nutrition supplies, those are medical aids. It’s substantial… I don’t always have hot water, electricity. It’s not a vacation.”
“As a Canadian, I feel like I’ve been given a lot of privileges. It’s my responsibility to help those who don’t have those privileges, and I believe that that’s Canada.
“I get so frustrated when I see that, you know, just in December, we announced half a billion dollars in extra aid money for COVID. And yet, people who are Canadian citizens are discouraged from doing that humanitarian aid, and it just doesn’t make any sense to me.”Fletch said she’s reached out to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) numerous times, by email and by phone. She said she was told she’s not essential, and therefore not exempted.
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Shadow Health Minister Michelle Rempel Garner has been calling for exemptions to the hotel quarantine rule, saying Ottawa needs to grant exemptions for those requiring non-elective medical procedures, family reunification, unaccompanied minors and compassionate travel, including missionary work.“I believe that these measures are classist — people who can afford (the money) and three days away, have the luxury of being able to travel for compassionate reasons. Those who can’t afford it, cannot.
“The government should have thought this through prior to implementing the measures,” Rempel Garner said.
She recently penned a letter to Health Minister Patty Hajdu, saying many Canadians travel for essential reasons should not be faced with high costs.
Coronavirus: Exemptions to mandatory travel quarantine reserved mainly for essential travellers