OTTAWA, Ontario (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian federal court denied a case challenging COVID-era jab quarantine mandates, which resulted in thousands being fined millions of dollars, as not needed because authorities have since dropped such dictates.
As per Blacklock’s Reporter, Justice Avvy Yao-Yao Go ruled that because the COVID jab and mask mandates have now been lifted, arguments about whether or not the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated Canadians’ Charter of Rights was not needed.
“There is no longer a live controversy,” Go wrote.
Lawyers representing 11 Canadians who challenged federal authorities over the quarantine rules had argued that unless the “Court grapples with a test case, even though it may be moot, the constitutionality of the measures may never be examined.”
Thousands of Canadians were fined as much as $3,000 under the Quarantine Act, which was in place since mid-2020 before it was suspended on October 1, 2022. There are currently no COVID restrictions for entering or leaving the country.
The much-maligned ArriveCAN travel app was also made optional, and a jab mandate for foreign visitors to enter Canada was removed.
The Quarantine Act was used by the federal government to enact severe draconian COVID travel rules on all returning travelers to the country. Trudeau’s use of the Quarantine Act gave his government the power to place upon Canadians “unprecedented travel and isolation” requirements.
Canada’s Public Health Agency spent over $43 million hiring security guards to enforce COVID quarantine rules by making house calls on returning travelers.
In total, the agency handed out $14.9 million in quarantine fines.
According to Justice Go, despite multiple cases where “courts decided to grant declaratory relief regarding a past breach of a Charter or other right,” it was not mandatory to do so.
Go said the quarantine rules were imposed “in an exceptional context, namely a specific point of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
However, in other court rulings, judges have stated that COVID dictates did violate one’s constitutional rights but were justified due to what was extraordinary circumstances.
At the end of July, a judge from Alberta ruled that politicians violated the province’s health act by making decisions regarding COVID mandates without authorization.
Also, Federal Court Chief Justice Paul Crampton recently wrote that “Like in times of war and other crises, pandemics call for sacrifices to save lives and avoid broad-based suffering.”
Both federal and provincial COVID dictates have resulted in a slew of court challenges on behalf of many people who did not have the shots, arguing that the rules violated an individual’s charter rights.
Canadian provinces Alberta, Saskatchewan, Québec, and those in Atlantic Canada refused to enforce the Contraventions Act, meaning there were no fines given in those provinces. As a result, those who were fined lived only in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario.
In October 2021, Trudeau announced unprecedented COVID-19 jab mandates for all federal workers and those in the transportation sector and said the unvaccinated will no longer be able to travel by air, boat, or train, both domestically and internationally. This rule went into effect on December 1, 2021.
The policy resulted in thousands losing their jobs or being placed on leave for non-compliance.
Trudeau did not “suspend” the COVID travel vaccine mandates until June 20, 2022.