If my stay felt unpleasant, that may be precisely what the Canadian government wanted. After all, the hotel quarantine requirement deters Canadians from traveling during a pandemic. The government argues that tough border restrictions have helped keep the coronavirus at bay. Moreover, a recent poll by the Angus Reid Institute showed that nearly 60 percent of Canadians considered the hotel quarantine requirement a necessary measure.
But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has come under strong criticism for the hotels, which some civil rights advocates say impinge the constitutional right to liberty.
There are four legal challenges against the hotels at the Federal Court of Canada in Ottawa. “This is not what we do in Canada, we do not detain law-abiding citizens en masse,” Sayeh Hassan, a lawyer for several plaintiffs, told the court this month.
A federal advisory panel advising the government also recently recommended scrapping the hotels since, among other reasons, some travelers were opting to pay a 3,000 Canadian-dollar fine (recently raised to 5,000 dollars) rather than having to stay in one. Still others were flying to the United States and then driving or walking into Canada, since those arriving by land aren’t required to stay in a hotel.
Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/world/canada/toronto-quarantine-hotel.html248