On July 19, 2022 video surfaced of a fully vaccinated woman 71 year old woman being harassed by border officers because she didn’t want to download Justin Trudeau’s stalkerware ArriveCAN app.
She arrived at the Niagara border crossing and despite having all her relevant physical documentation she was told to fill out the Trudeau stalkerware app or face a 14 day quarantine.
“Don’t have a cellphone or simply don’t want to use Trudeau’s ArriveCan app?” Poilievre wrote on Twitter. “Too bad. Off to quarantine with you, even if you’re a senior that’s been vaccinated and cooped up for 2 years. Stop this lunacy. Quit forcing people to use this app and fix our airports already.”
As the video started to circulate online it caught the attention of Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre who then blasted the demand as “lunacy”.
“Don’t have a cellphone or simply don’t want to use Trudeau’s ArriveCan app?” he started his tweet, adding “Too bad. Off to quarantine with you, even if you’re a senior that’s been vaccinated and cooped up for 2 years. Stop this lunacy. Quit forcing people to use this app and fix our airports already.”
Walsh told True North she believes the ArriveCAN app treats seniors unfairly and “segregated” them arguing “if you don’t have a phone, a smartphone, if you don’t have the internet, you’re just a nobody,”
“I cannot obviously compel you to perform ArriveCAN, the officer said. “If you refuse to do it, that is your choice.” He went on to inform Walsh that she would be ordered to quarantine under current policy.
When she asked what would happen if she if she didn’t comply with policy, the officer told her the police could be sent to stalk her and monitor her compliance with the Trudeau government Public Health self imprisonment order.
“I shouldn’t have to go through this,” Walsh replied, “no Canadian should. Just because I don’t want to put an app on my phone.”
Walsh showed no animosity towards the officer, directing her dissatisfaction toward the Trudeau government.
Three weeks ago the Trudeau government threatened Canadians, if they didn’t fill out the stalkerware ArriveCAN app they “may be subject to fines or enforcement action.”
In another video posted to social media Walsh clams she ahs been getting “nasty” calls from Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) about her quarantine order.
“I’m not at peace right now… I have been getting these nasty calls from Health Canada, and it’s stressful. And it’s bothering me,” she said in a video posted to Twitter.
Walsh told True North on Tuesday that PHAC came pounding on her door to ask her questions and the tracker agent was visiting to check to see if she was complying with quarantine. She told the officer no.
“He came to see if I was quarantined. I said no.” However Walsh says the man wasn’t rude or threatening at all.
In a obtained recording, the man appears to say “I’ll do a report and say you’re fully vaccinated and everything is good.” according to True North.
Walsh is also a constituent for Liberal Member of Parliament, Karina Gould and helped on her campaign as a volunteer. Walsh reached out to Karina Gould but did not receive a reply.
Liberal Member of Parliament, Karina Gould finally got back to Walsh after being called out on Twitter for not answering Walsh’s calls or email.
“We want to assure you that Minister Gould is aware of your concerns and has seen your video,” wrote the staffer.
“We have also taken the liberty to share your concerns with Canada’s Minister of Transport the Hon. Omar Alghabra and Minister of Health the Hon. Jean Yves-Duclos for their awareness and due consideration”
Also included in the email by Gould’s staffers they claim ArriveCAN “continues to be an essential and intuitive tool to protect Canadians as we reopen our borders, and fire up our economy” and that the app “is part of ongoing efforts to modernize cross-border travel in Canada.”
Walsh accuses Gould’s staffers of an unsatisfactory response because it dodges the problem and didn’t address it.