Fox News host Tucker Carlson raised alarm bells about Canada’s “dangerous authoritarianism,” and compared the country’s COVID-19 quarantine hotels to “internment camps.”
Carlson said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned out to be “Mussolini” instead of a “cheerful idiot” because the country uses mandatory quarantine hotels. Carlson also said he fears Canada’s “legitimately dangerous authoritarianism” could happen in the U.S.
“Canada, took a dramatic move towards legitimately dangerous authoritarianism,” said Carlson during his Wednesday broadcast.
“Trudeau’s internment policy has been in place since last month and as far as we can tell no major US network has even mentioned it, and neither has our State Department which ordinarily seems to exist to make unhappy noises about human rights violations around the world but not a word about Canada.”
Carlson pointed out a tweet by Trudeau where he said it was “not optional” for travellers to quarantine in government facilities should their COVID tests come back positive.
“If your results come back negative for COVID-19, you’ll be able to head home and finish your mandatory quarantine there. If your test results come back positive, you’ll need to immediately quarantine in designated government facilities. This is not optional.”
If your results come back negative for COVID-19, you’ll be able to head home and finish your mandatory quarantine there. If your test results come back positive, you’ll need to immediately quarantine in designated government facilities. This is not optional.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 29, 2021
Carlson showed a clip of Alberta Conservative Party MP Michelle Rempel who criticized the government’s handling of the federal quarantine program after two women were sexually assaulted at the quarantine hotels.
“Suddenly Canada is a flagrant violator of the most basic human rights. Fail a COVID test and they will lock you up without trial. And go ahead and try to disobey, according to the Canadian government, anyone who attempts to avoid these rules (detention in a government internment facility for example) could face a million dollar fine and three years in prison,” said Carlson.
“This is Justin Trudeau’s Canada. It’s funny – Trudeau always seemed like a cheerful idiot, wearing weird costumes and yammering on about diversity. Who knew he was Mussolini.”
The Liberal government, during a House of Commons public safety committee meeting March 10, admitted it relied on “incomplete data” about the effectiveness of mandatory hotel quarantines as opposed to quarantines at home.
“I will just say this, the data is incomplete internationally. We are as a world trying to figure out what the best approach is to prevent the importation of COVID-19, the combination of quarantine and testing and it is under study,” said Liberal Health Minister Patty Hajdu.
Carlson also took a jab at CBC saying the Canadian state media CBC ran a story with the headline “Health officials warn Canadians against believing Covid 19 ‘internment camps’ disinformation.’
“The claim that the federal government is preparing to forcibly intern Canadians is patently false,” reported the CBC in October 2020.
Alberta Press staff