International students flooding in from Corona-hit countries- Trudeau need to act quickly

By: Surjit Singh Flora

The COVID-19 epidemic, which began in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, is still a global catas­trophe.

It has wreaked havoc on the world economy and has claimed more than 936k lives and affected about 30 million people. The epidemic is still rampant in many countries, including India and the United States, and is re-emerging in countries that have once been subdued, dubbed the ‘Second Wave.’

About 139,000 people in Canada have fallen ill, and 9,188 have died as of this writing. This is a massive number for a country with a population of 36-37 million and a huge size.

This disease and its impact are mainly proportional of pop­ulation density. The higher the popula­tion density, the more likely it is to spread.

The disease is spread from one place to another by the movement of tourists, traders, and migrants.

That is why lockdowns, distancing and quarantines are still being used as weapons to control this disease.

Vaccines are evolv­ing, but it will take one and a half to two years to reach the eight billion people across the world, as trials are still ongo­ing.

Even claims of a successful vaccine have yet to be made. In such a scenario, controlling the movement and in­teraction of people is the only meaning­ful step.

From the begin­ning of the disease, the Government of Canada has been re­markably resilient to it, which has caused the signifi­cant financial and human loss.

When COVID-19 victims arrived in Canada by plane, first from China and then from other countries, the Trudeau govern­ment was unwilling to stop air traffic, but it was exhausted when the water overflowed.

Not only did it have to sever air ties with the rest of the world, but it also had to sever ties with its largest trad­ing partner, the United States, which has not been re­stored to date. Even a spat over dollar-for-dollar tariffs dominated news coverage this past week.

Canada’s total population is equal to the combined population of the two U.S. cities of New York and Chicago, yet the dis­ease has walloped Canada.

With more than 9,000 deaths, the federal government has incurred an ad­ditional financial burden of $350 bil­lion, and the total federal debt has now exceeded $1.1 tril­lion.

Governments of different states and civic governments are also suffering from higher budget deficits. The province of Ontario is facing a budget deficit of $38 billion this fiscal year.

Now that schools are being reopened, COVID-19 has spread in every Canadian province, including Ontario. By Mar. 30, 2020, COVID-19 had ter­rorized Canada, with 1,128 cases re­ported.

On Sep. 8, 2020, there were again 1479 cases in one day, while on Aug. 3, there were only 147 cases.

For a long time, the total number of cases in Canada was less than 200 every day. On Sep. 12, On­tario only reported 232 cases. If the cases escalate, schools may have to close again, while colleges and univer­sities are already on­line. Road traffic from the United States and other countries has in­creased, but the 14-day quarantine rule has become an ‘air fire’.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown has also expressed concern. One of the reasons for the increase in corona cases is said to be COVID-19 car­riers from abroad.

Between Mar. 25 and Sep. 3, various police forces were asked to track down 87,338 people who were ordered to be quarantined.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says that no one has been charged with violating the Quar­antine Act, only one has been summoned to court, and the po­lice have given 42 tickets under the Quarantine Act.

Under the federal ‘Quarantine Act,’ up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $50-750,000 can be imposed. The police can also give tickets up to $1,000.

Now the Trudeau government has opened its doors to international stu­dents, and many ships are landing every day. Schools and colleges are closed, but interna­tional students are pouring in from Co­rona-hit countries.

Most do not even have a place to live, far from managing 14-day quarantines. The dollar-making lobby through for­eign students has become enormously powerful, and cor­ruption and fraud are rampant every­where.

Once again, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government priori­tizes the trade of a class/lobby over Canada’s national interests and secu­rity.

Unemployment is at an all-time high in Canada today, and it isn’t easy to provide a safe edu­cation for Canadian students.

How wise is it to invite thousands of international stu­dents in such a sce­nario?

About the author

Asia Metro Editor

Surjit Singh Flora
editor@asiametro.ca

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