(LFC Comments: It is not only the United States that is moving toward a police state. Trade your liberty for security and you will get neither…Neighbors will be turning in neighbors for rewards. The States will prohibit travel between States for fear of spreading the virus even if we own property in another State..We will be asked to “show our papers” to prove we have been vaccinated before we conduct commerce, go to work, etc. This is turning bad very quickly. The Storm is coming…)
Canada Inches Toward Police State With In-Home Quarantine Compliance Checks
(Tea Party 247) – The coronavirus has drastically changed the world as we know it. Countries in which citizens used to enjoy freedom are suddenly seeing their rights abruptly stripped all in the name of the greater good.
While hundreds of millions of people worldwide are under stay-at-home orders and “social distancing” rules, individual governments are taking their turn at tyranny. Now it looks like Canada is up and they’re using the police to ensure people who have been ordered to quarantine are complying.
Global News Reports:
Canadian police are to begin visiting homes to enforce the government’s COVID-19 quarantine, the RCMP said on Friday, warning that “recklessly” failing to comply could result in a $1-million fine and three years in prison.
The RCMP said it had been asked by the Public Health Agency of Canada to help with national coordination and enforcement of the March 25 Quarantine Act Order that requires everyone arriving in Canada to stay home for 14 days.
Officers will speak to those under quarantine and advise them of the “potential consequences of non-compliance,” the police force said in a statement that cautioned violators could face “significant penalties, including fines and imprisonment.”
The maximum fine for failing to comply with the quarantine is $750,000 and up to six months in prison, but those who put others at risk could face harsher penalties: up to a $1-million levy and three years imprisonment.
“Arrests would be a last resort, based on the circumstance and the officer’s risk assessment,” the RCMP said. Instead, police can issue those charged with a notice or summons requiring them to appear in court.
“Choosing to ignore mandatory isolation and quarantine orders is not only against the law, it’s also putting citizens, first responders, health professionals and the most vulnerable at risk of exposure to the virus,” said RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki.
Checks will “generally be limited to persons who, after PHAC has done initial verification by phone, text or e-mail, may require a physical verification by police,” the RCMP statement said.
But enforcement will focus on “education and encouragement,” it said, adding “RCMP officers will attempt to conduct physical verification with the individual while maintaining physical distancing.”
Police forces across the country have issued hundreds of tickets and even made arrests in some cases after people violated quarantine orders or social-distancing rules.
If the people are free, let them be free. Sure, self-quarantining is the responsible and safe thing to do if you have been tested positive for the coronavirus but at the same time, how far is too far when it comes to governments’ ensuring compliance from citizens? Can governments really force citizens to be safe and responsible? What other areas will become appropriate for the government to oversee and force compliance?
How did we go from freedom-loving democracies to police states overnight? The unprecedented measures to “stop the virus” should be extremely concerning to all people living in what used to be free countries. How far will this go? Will the governments just willingly give us our freedom back? At what cost?
Only time will tell.