Although Canada and the U.S. have agreed to shut their shared land border to non-essential journey, they do not seem to agree on a number of associated points — together with what to do subsequent.
More than seven months after the border closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump have supplied up contradictory messages about what occurs now.
The Canada-U.S. border is ready to reopen on Oct. 21, however Trudeau implied this week that the closure can be prolonged.
In an interview Wednesday on Winnipeg podcast The Start, Trudeau mentioned Canada plans to maintain the border closed so long as COVID-19 case counts within the U.S. stays excessive.
“We keep extending the border closures because the United States is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders,” he mentioned.
Four weeks prior, Trump supplied a special prognosis for the Canada-U.S. border closure.
“We’re looking at the border with Canada — Canada would like it open,” he mentioned on the White House on Sept. 18.
“So we’re gonna be opening the borders pretty soon…. We want to get back to normal business.”
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Foreign affairs professional Edward Alden mentioned the disconnect between the 2 leaders suggests there are at the moment no joint discussions about an eventual reopening plan.
“With the Trudeau government saying, ‘No, don’t open’ … and President Trump saying, ‘Oh, I think we’ll reopen sometime soon,’ that’s no grounds for a serious government-to-government negotiation,” mentioned Alden, a professor of U.S.-Canada financial relations at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.
Even although many Canadians help the border closure, which took impact in late March, it has devastated the tourism business, separated family members and harm border communities in each Canada and the U.S.
Alden mentioned he understands why the border is closed for now, however that it is vital to begin laying the groundwork for a reopening plan.
“The problem of not having those negotiations is, when do we possibly have a sense of when it will be safe to reopen the border?”
CBC News requested each the Canadian and U.S. governments in regards to the destiny of the border closure and bought disparate solutions.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security mentioned the 2 international locations are exploring the loosening of some restrictions.
“We believe both the U.S. and Canada are working well together to review potential areas for future off-ramping, when public health conditions permit,” a DHS spokesperson mentioned in an e mail.
But a spokesperson for Bill Blair — Canada’s public security minister — supplied a much less definitive assertion on the following steps.
“We will continue to evaluate the best public health information available to us to make a decision on when and how to reopen our border,” the spokesperson mentioned in an e mail.
“This decision will be made in Canada.”
According to Reuters — which spoke with well-placed Washington and Ottawa sources final month — the U.S. had floated the concept of stress-free some border restrictions, however Canadian officers confirmed little enthusiasm.
Canadians suggested to not go to U.S.
In one other disconnect between the 2 international locations, Trudeau is warning Canadians to not fly to the U.S., whereas the U.S. is welcoming Canadian air passengers.
Although the U.S. agreed to shut its shared land border with Canada, it nonetheless permits Canadians to fly to the nation for leisure journey. The U.S. authorities declined to elucidate why it made this resolution.
Conversely, Canada will not permit Americans to enter for non-essential journey by any mode of transport except they get a particular exemption.
CBC News lately reported on some Canadian snowbirds planning to fly to Florida this winter — as a result of they’ll.
When requested about Canadians — together with snowbirds — flying to the U.S., Trudeau mentioned within the podcast interview that they need to keep residence because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People have to recognize that they’re putting themselves at risk, they’re putting their loved ones at risk.” he mentioned. “The recommendation is to avoid non-essential travel, and that’s for people’s own safety.”
Case numbers down in solar states
Trudeau and Trump additionally disagree on the COVID-19 standing of a few of the U.S. solar locations Canadians may be tempted to go to this winter.
“I know there’s a lot of people very worried about what’s happening south of the border in Florida and Arizona and California and other places where the virus is not under control — far less under control than we are here,” Trudeau mentioned within the interview.
However, when Trump prompt the border would quickly reopen, he mentioned that Florida and Arizona are “doing very well.”
According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention knowledge, new each day COVID-19 case numbers in Arizona, Florida and California have declined dramatically since their worrisome peaks in the summertime.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 case numbers have surged lately in some Canadian provinces.
Trump made some extent of highlighting this reality in a speech final week.
“All over the world you see big flare-ups,” he advised a crowd of supporters. “Big flare-ups in Canada.”