IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Omar Alghabra appears at Transport Committee to defend ArriveCan app

On Friday, August 19, 2022, Justin Trudeau’s transport minister, Omar Alghabra, testified in front of the transport committee to defend his beloved ArriveCan app. He also touched on airport delays and government accountability.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Omar Alghabra appears at Transport Committee to defend ArriveCan app
The Canadian Press / Adrian Wyld
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The committee hearing, which occurred last Friday, was related to the disastrous situation at airports in Canada, and certainly wasn’t without flames when it came to pressure put on the man who is almost single-handedly responsible for the horrendous situation Canadians currently face. 

Omar Alghabra did not have the easiest time during the interrogation period. Both Conservatives and Bloc Québécois MPs came at him hard, strongly questioning the minister’s decision-making skills and his general abilities as a member of Parliament. 

Notably, Conservative MP for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Michael Barrett did not waste a second making Alghabra understand how pathetic he is when it comes to leading the transport industry, and how the Canadians are waking up to his COVID-19 narrative lies. 

Barrett’s provocative question touching on the fact that recent court documents revealed the lack of scientific basis for the implementation of COVID-19 restrictions caused a childish overreaction from Alghabra. 

“You mean the non-scientific mandates that were implemented by municipal governments, [...] provincial governments, [...] private sector, [...] universities,” Alghabra immaturely replied.

It reminded me of when David Menzies interviewed the “no more comments” lady in Ottawa who acted “like a coke-machine when the soda doesn’t come out,” by repeating the same useless phrase over and over.

Alghabra was then blasted twice by Xavier Barsalou-Duval, a Bloc Québécois MP, who initially stated that Alghabra seems “to be the only person to think that ArriveCan is the pinnacle of all apps.” He ended his question by requesting that the minister “withdraw the application and take time to correct the mistake,” before finally asking why this wasn’t already done. 

Baralou-Duval appeared a second time, making an even bolder remark pointing out what he called the “incompetence from the federal government.”

While Alghabra was destroyed when pressured by opposition MPs, his Liberal allies still took the opportunity to flatter him and talk about the supposed prowess of the ArriveCan app. Annie Koutrakis threw a softball question to the minister, giving him the floor to lie by saying that there is no evidence cross-border travels from the United States are being suppressed due to the terrible failure of the app.

More exchanges occurred that day, only serving to aggravate the incompetent transport minister who’s reputation amongst everyday Canadians is already low. 

While Alghabra continues to travel across the country, doing nothing more than taking photo-ops and lying to taxpayers, there is a simple solution to helping the travel crisis: Scrapping the ArriveCan app. 

If you want to sign our petition to pressure Justin Trudeau’s government to drop the app, visit

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