I used to joke that the older I got, the less I understood. However, I have discovered during the past few years that this is no longer a joke. While I have many examples to demonstrate this, let me refer to just four.
Once my wife and I got our second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and the Canadian Government changed the absurd quarantine rules, we booked a flight to California to visit our children whom we haven’t seen face-to-face in over 19 months. The three-day hotel quarantine requirement that kept us from travelling never did make any sense. It only was introduced in February of this year, and most likely to appease the majority of Canadians who were envious of a few other Canadians who had the audacity to go south for a vacation. I never realized that most Canadians were selfish and jealous.
If the rule did not make sense before February, why was it implemented at all? Many Canadians who travelled south discovered that if they flew to a US border city and took a taxi to the nearest border and walked across, they would be exempt from the three-day hotel quarantine rule, which applied only to travellers who arrived in Canada by air. So, other than for political reasons, why was this rule implemented in the first place?
Of course, there is also the absurdity that the US-Canada border has been shut since March 2020 for non-essential travel. But this rule seems to apply only to travel by land and sea, not to travel by air. Again, why was this rule ever implemented?
Now to travel to the US, we were informed by the airline that we needed to take a Covid test three days prior to our flight and of course have a negative result. The test cost each of us $200. I only mention the price because the tests we were required to take in the US three days before our return flight cost us nothing, and the test we had to take when we arrived at the airport also cost us nothing. Why did we have to pay for the test in Canada? Did the cost cross-subsidize the test when we arrived back? Were contributions made to the Liberal Party in power? Or was this just intended to deter travel?
The pre-departure test supposedly is mandated by the CDC in the US. We were asked for our results before we were allowed through security. Interestingly, the US customs and immigration agent at the airport made no such request. Why? Are Canadian airports bearing the costs for checking test results on behalf of the US? If so, why?
In the US we had to get another test three days prior to our departure back to Canada. The stress of hoping the results would be available in time was enormous. The long-term health consequences of being subject to this stress far outweigh the minimal risks we faced from Covid since we had both vaccines. Did the Canadian Government make any allowances for the possibility that the test results might not be available in time? Walgreen did not provide any test results over the weekend. CVS did. But neither chain seemed to be aware of the Canadian Government requirement. Why hasn’t the Canadian Government made companies who provide these tests aware of the rules? Oh yes, I forgot that I am talking about the current Canadian Government, and they do not seem to be capable of doing anything right.