April 26, 2021
The Federal Court in Ontario has refused to order an injunction against Justin Trudeau’s COVID-19 isolation centres – but they added opponents may have a case worth hearing at a later date.
The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) sued the government on behalf of nine of their clients for being locked up at various centres when they travelled back to Canada.
But in their decision Monday, the court declined to rule on the case.
“While the Court did not issue the interim injunction, it found that both Charter Section 7, the right to life, liberty and security of person, and Section 9, the right not to be arbitrarily detained, are engaged by the federal quarantine policies and were serious issues to be tried at a further trial,” said the JCCF in a statement.
The court did accept, without comment, JCCF’s argument it was important the case be heard quickly.
“The Court went on to say: ‘History demonstrates why the bulwark of the robust protection of Charter rights by an independent judiciary is so important in times of crisis,’” said the JCCF.
Another hearing is scheduled to take place in June.
“The forced isolation of returning Canadian air travellers is arbitrary, unnecessary, and totalitarian,” said JCCF Litigation Director Jay Cameron.
“These quarantine hotels and restrictive measures are more consistent with a dictatorship than a free society. We look forward to the full hearing of these issues in early June.”