The Canadian Constitution Foundation, which is arguing the program restricts people’s liberty and freedom to avoid unreasonable detention, is seeking $10,000 in damages.
Health Minister Patty Hajdu, pictured with chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam in December 2020, sidestepped questions on whether Ottawa has planned for any costs it could incur related to legal challenges to its hotel quarantine program. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The federal government has not yet budgeted for any legal challenges related to its quarantine hotel policy, members of the House Health Committee heard Friday.
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Conservatives say sending the bill to the Ethics Committee is an attempt to distract the committee from its ongoing work on the WE Charity controversy, while Liberals say Ethics is the natural spot for a privacy bill.
‘I don’t need to hear from Chrystia Freeland … about their most recent budget for 90 minutes in order to understand the decision about prorogation,’ says NDP MP Daniel Blaikie of a Liberal-suggested compromise.