Mississauga MPPs ask federal govt. to ban non-essential travel, close land border hotel quarantine loophole


Six Mississauga MPPs wrote a letter to their federal counterparts imploring them to secure Canada’s borders and ban all non-essential travel to limit the spread of the virus.

Stating that Mississauga’s Pearson is “the busiest airport in Canada” through which “nearly 10,000 foreign national travellers” entered last week, the letter pointed out that “nearly 80,000 people” – not including essential commercial truckers – also crossed Canada’s land borders during this period.

Variants of concern which now make up approximately 70% of daily new cases in Ontario “arrived through our airports and border crossings”, the letter said. “The people of Mississauga require immediate leadership from our federal government to prevent this crisis from getting worse”.

“Earlier this week, your government announced a ban on direct flights from India and Pakistan” the letter read. “While we welcome this step, it does not address the severity of the crisis we are facing.”

The letter addressed to Mississauga MPs Peter Fonseca, Gagan Sikand, Navdeep Bains, Omar Alghabra, Iqra Khalid, and Sven Spengemann implored them to secure Canada’s international borders to prevent the situation from worsening.

The MPPs are also asking the federal government “to close the loophole that allows travellers to enter at land borders and avoid quarantining at authorized government hotels“.

“We urgently ask that your government act, ban all non-essential travel, and close the land border loophole, to prevent this crisis from getting worse”, it said.

The letter was signed by MPPs Kaleed Rasheed (Mississauga EastCooksville), Nina Tangri (Mississauga-Streetsville), Deepak Anand (Mississauga-Malton), Natalia Kusendova (Mississauga Centre), Sheref Sabawy (Mississauga-Erin Mills) and Rudy Cuzzetto (Mississauga-Lakeshore).