In an open letter to the federal government, Jamie Milton of Uniglobe Carefree Travel Group in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, asks for an explanation.
“I implore you and the Government of Canada to look at the details below and explain to me how you can possibly shut down an industry that was already on the brink with ZERO science to back up the incredibly detrimental impact to an entire industry.”
And she continues:
“I promise you this action WILL cause untold bankruptcies in our industry.
If you think there were customer service issues with the rebuilding of travel through the fall, it is NOTHING compared to what will happen when there is another exodus of experienced people from our industry – people who are DONE and TIRED and DEPLETED.
They will not return.
Some of the very BEST people I know in this industry have said this is it – you have crippled them beyond repair. I hope you can find some way to rectify this quickly, before it is too late – I FEAR it already is.
Shame on you. Honestly, shame.”
Milton tells federal politicians that:
“I am a 43-year business owner, mother of 3, stand up, tax paying citizen who has done my part for the past two years. I have DONE my part. Now it is time for you to do yours.
Please look at the test positivity rates for fully vaccinated travellers July – November. It is SHAMEFUL that with all travellers now being required to be vaccinated and test positivity ranging from ZERO to less than ½ a percent that you choose TRAVEL to shut down???
What about sporting events, large gatherings?
That is where your transmission is occurring – NOT travel.
Also – look at the “How people were exposed” info on this website:
1.7% from TRAVEL.”
And the Saskatoon travel advisor asks:
“How can travel be the one area you target as a FALL GUY when less than 2% of all cases since the beginning of COVID were related to travel.
Honestly, explain to me ONE reason why we were chosen?
This is your OWN data.
If this is the information you are using to make your decisions, we need new people making decisions.
It is UNCONSCIONABLE that with no concrete reason you have devastated and bankrupted the people in your care.
If this can be escalated to the highest degree that they are causing irreparable damage to an entire industry with no just cause, I would really appreciate it.
I honestly cannot even fathom how we are back in this position again, when we were just starting to see the light of day.”
And Milton concludes:
“This will have an economic impact of untold amounts for years to come.
Shame on you all.”
Uniglobe Carefree Travel Group