The self-described “Conservative” premiere of Ontario, Doug Ford, has imposed the toughest restrictions in North America in the name of stopping the spread of coronavirus.
Ironically, Ford, the leader of Canada’s most populous province, with 40% of Canada’s population, has previously vowed he would not allow his province to become a police state like Quebec. However, Ford’s newest restrictions are more oppressive than Quebec’s. In one example, Ontario’s stay-at-home orders are 24/7, while Quebec’s curfew is after 8:00 PM.
Ford announced he was giving police new powers to stop and question people who leave their homes. Officers are also fining offenders CDN $750 (US $600). Police, however, refused to make random stops demanded by the provincial government seeking to impose a stay-at-home order.
At least a dozen police forces throughout Ontario, including their capital, Toronto, said there would be no random stops of people or cars.
“We are all going through a horrific year of COVID-19 and all associated with it together. The (department) will NOT be randomly stopping vehicles for no reason during the pandemic or afterward,” Halton Police Chief Steve Tanner tweeted.
Not only has Doug Ford extended the lockdown and implemented stricter measures, but he has closed domestic borders and bared “unnecessary travel”.
Ford extended the lockdown until May 19 and ordered Ontario residents to go out only to tend to their basic needs.
Outdoor gatherings are limited to only family members and one other person, and outdoor sports and activities are banned. Schools and restaurants are closed, and elective surgeries have all been stopped,
The capacity of essential businesses, such as pharmacies or supermarkets, is limited to 25 percent and weddings, funerals, and religious ceremonies to 10 people.
Ontario’s borders with the provinces of Quebec in the East, and Manitoba in the West, closed this past Monday to non-essential travel.
The following video shows day 1 of the closure of the border. Premier Ford instructed police to stop all traffic on The Macdonald-Cartier Bridge, which connects Ottawa, Ontario, to Gatineau, Quebec. Police were told to check drivers to make sure they have a “legitimate reason” to cross the provincial border. Although police were present at the Bridge, our RAIR correspondent on the scene reported he did not witness Police ticketing drivers and waved most through their checkpoints.
Traffic is at stand still trying to go over the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge from Quebec to Ontario
The following picture is a police checkpoint in Quebec at the first exit off the bridge:
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