Bill Blair, the Public Safety Minister, stated that executives of an American supply company, “should not have been permitted” to enter the country and the Canadian government did not give them quarantine exemptions. Reports indicate that three executives from shipping and business supply firm Uline Inc. visited the company’s facility in Milton, Ont. without quarantining after flying to Toronto on a private jet.
According to a spokesperson for the company, the three employees were given formal exemptions from the compulsory two-week self-isolation period for their two day-trip. Besides, according to federal order-in-council, there are only five people who can give such an exemption: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, and Health Minister Patty Hajdu. On Thursday, Blair indicated in a Tweet that the government had not issued any exemptions in this case.
Blair clarified there were no special entry exemptions provided to Uline executives, nor were any National Interest Exemptions, and it was not a political decision. Moreover, Blair said officers made a decision based on the information given, and entry should not have been allowed. Blair stated that the government was working to avoid such a repeat of the incident. He also said in a tweet that it was essential for Canadians to continue having confidence in the integrity of the border. He also indicated that they are working with the CBSA to ensure that related cases do not happen again.
Besides, Doug Ford, Ontario Premier, said, “there should be one rule for all the people, it doesn’t matter who you are, I don’t care if you have 50 cents or you have $10 billion. It doesn’t make a difference.” He congratulated the border service agents, saying that “if someone slipped up” or “made a little mistake,” he’s “sure it’s not going to happen again. Just treat our rules with respect, and everyone’s going to have a good time after the quarantine and after we open up the borders, but not until then. Just stay at home, wherever you’re coming from, and we’ll open our arms up after we get through this.”