Conservatives want to force Liberals to explain plan to travelers

Conservatives want to force Liberals to explain plan to travelers

The Conservatives intend to seek to force Liberal ministers to appear before a parliamentary committee to explain their plan for dealing with Canadians who have gone on vacation outside the country.

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Acknowledging the criticism of the pleasure trips that many Canadians – including several MPs – have decided to afford, the Conservatives accused the Liberals on Monday of having delayed reacting and putting in place a plan to manage the return to the country of travelers.

Recall that in December, the government of Justin Trudeau first had to order, in the face of discontent and concerns about travel, that any Canadian wishing to return to the country takes a COVID-19 test for a maximum of three days. before returning to the country, where a strict two-week quarantine awaits him in spite of everything.

Then the Liberals found themselves bogged down by the terms of the Canada Sickness Benefit for Economic Recovery (PCMRE) which currently allows some travelers to receive $ 1,000 for the duration of their quarantine, a loophole that the party has promised to fill. quickly.

“The air travel control rules are rather reactive rather than proactive. They constitute an incoherent set in constant evolution, and this, with little coherent information, denounced the conservatives in a letter addressed to the Standing Committee of public and national security.

The Conservative members of the committee therefore demand that the ministers of Health, Transport and Public Safety, Patty Hajdu, Marc Garneau and Bill Blair, be invited to hearings to explain themselves.

They hope that the hearings can take place in the coming days.

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