I agree with you that it's just more sensible to not tempt fate by putting oneself in that situation to begin with. But the rules/laws about travel and what's involved to get back into Canada from all countries have been in the news plenty and easy to find online, so some consequences should maybe have been anticipated. Still I sympathize with Marcia and anyone else that has had to go through such an expensive ordeal. At the same time, it's not the Can. gov's fault that she made the decisions she did. And the person who had to process her entry at the border was just doing their job, i.e. following the quarantine laws put in place to try and protect the general population. He/she does not have the same discretion in this as say an officer might have in deciding whether to issue you a speeding ticket or just a warning. Lives may be at stake if they were to just let a few here and there into the country at their whim, not knowing whether they're a covid carrier. And Marcia did not state that this person mistreated her or made her out to be a criminal, as George R. suggests below, just that she didn't like having to go through the whole expensive rigamarole (and who can blame her?!). So I'm not quite sure why George would suggest that she might try to ruin this person's life and record over this incident (unless of course they were truly being a real arsehole... different story!). So, yeah to paraphrase Daniel, why take that chance...
To all my Canadian amigos still "down there", hopefully these restrictions will not be in place for too much longer and your return journeys will be less onerous than some have had to endure. The Great White North is starting to show signs of spring...
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