A family in the Montreal area received $ 3,100 in tickets on the first evening of the curfew on Saturday as they were on their way home from New Brunswick, where they had been since mid- December.
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“It’s not peanuts when you have three kids,” Melissa Calhoun told Global News on Monday.
Ms. Calhoun, her husband and three children had moved to New Brunswick to care for her 77-year-old father, who has been hospitalized and now lives alone. She had received special permission from the New Brunswick government to come to her bedside.
Initially, the plan of the small family was to return to their home in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, in the west of the island of Montreal, on January 2. But, a small problem happened: a part of their car broke. Initially, the family decided to wait for a play from Germany. The provincial government has extended their residence permit.
In the days that followed, the Legault government announced the implementation of the curfew on January 9, as well as the resumption of school on the 11th.
Ms. Calhoun and her family ultimately decided to hire a car and hit the road, with the idea that their case was a valid exception in the eyes of police officers.
They were arrested in the Longueuil area at 10 p.m. on Saturday and received two fines of $ 1,550. Note that the road between New Brunswick and Montreal can take more than 8 hours.
Melissa Calhoun will challenge the fines. Not speaking French, and her husband not being comfortable in Molière’s language, Ms. Calhoun told “Global News” that the language barrier may have played a role in the awarding of the tickets since the policeman did not speak English.