Cracking down on delinquents has become the modus operandi of our governments, always looking for a new way to flatten the curve.
There were the irresponsible karaoke and dinner parties, the carefree Halloween and now the travelers.
The problem with this latest collective obsession is twofold. It comes very late, and above all, skillfully allows the Legault government to conceal more contentious issues.
The awakening of Punta Cana
One is entitled to wonder why the provinces waited ten months before worrying about the laxity surrounding the quarantine imposed on travelers returning from abroad.
Since the day it was imposed, it has become clear that it was primarily based on the good faith of the latter. The snowbirds at Walmart with their motorhome on their way back from Florida demonstrated this to us at the time.
Who was going to monitor isolated travelers in Quebec when the RCMP is not really present in the territory? Okay, nobody thought about it too much.
We waited to see them abandon themselves in the all-inclusives – while we moped over Christmas – to wake up.
Quebec may well call on Ottawa to ban non-essential travel, it was before the Holidays that we had to wake up.
What we don’t talk about
This urgency of non-essential travel above all makes it possible to conceal a host of other essential issues.
When it gives ultimatums to Justin Trudeau, the Legault government does not have to explain why Quebec is below the Canadian average in terms of screening. Nor does he have to explain why he still struggles to perform over 30,000 tests a day, let alone meet his 40,000 goal.
When we are outraged about trips to the South, no need to explain either why there are 618 outbreaks in the workplace or why the famous CNESST “blitz” does not seem to have borne fruit.
When you dream of the police in front of hotels, you don’t worry about the 334 more classes that have been closed since the start of secondary school.
Besides, why risk a debate on the screening of asymptomatic students when we can hit both the federal and the followers of the sun.
So, I don’t mind being concerned about preventing new strains of COVID-19 from entering Quebec through travelers, but please don’t imagine that this is the solution to all our problems.