After announcing the new land border restrictions in Canada, Justin Trudeau admitted that things are a little complicated in terms of legalities.
It’s not legal to refuse entry to a Canadian who wants to come home.
However, he acknowledged that this isn’t necessarily enforceable in some cases, as all Canadians have a legal right to enter the country via land.
He explained that this was the “major difference” between land borders and air borders, which makes it harder for the government to implement strict rules there.
“You can prevent someone from boarding a flight in Miami or elsewhere, you can’t prevent someone standing at a land border crossing from coming into Canada, because technically they’re already on Canadian soil,” the PM added.
This includes fines of up to $3,000 per person.
In addition, Trudeau said that government officials would be completing “extensive follow-ups” to ensure that those entering without a test would later get one and quarantine as required.