“Canada and the United States have agreed to extend by another 30 days the border measures that are currently in place. …This is an important decision and one that will keep people on both sides of the border safe.” – Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
A Brief News Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted April 18th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
In his daily COVID-19 briefing this April 18th, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the closing of Canada-U.S. border crossings to all but essential travel will be extended another 30 days, through at least the third week in May.
That offers at least some relief since, as I stated in a commentary on NAL this April 17th, and I know other Canadians have said it, there is reason to be concerned about opening border crossings wide up at a time when Trump and so many of his supporters continue to pooh-pooh the need to continue taking protective measures to tamp down such a highly infections and deadly virus that has been ravaging our lives.
Frankly, the idea of the Peace Bridge and other crossings in Niagara, and border crossings in other regions of Canada and the United States opening to regular traffic this April 21st, which was the original end date set for this crossing restrictions in March, is troubling.
While it appears that at least most Canadians have been self-isolating, social-distancing and doing all the other things to flatten the curve on numbers of COVID-19 cases, we’ve been watching some governors in the U.S. working effectively with their citizens to protect themselves. But we’ve also watched others treat this pandemic as if it were nothing much more than a mild flu and interference to going on with business – all under a president who is now egging them and millions of his supporters across the country to end the self-isolating and shutdowns as soon as possible.
So the idea of countless Americans who may not have taken this virus as seriously as they should and who, therefore, may be a carrier for it, crossing borders into Canada as soon as this last week of April should be of serious concern to all of us.
It concerned Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates enough that he put it this way in a news release this April 17th; “As a proud representative of border communities, I am saying the Canada-US border absolutely cannot open anytime soon. We cannot risk one single local resident’s life. The border must remain closed until we are sure that we have beaten this virus and that it will not risk more outbreaks. I know this is painful but if we don’t quarantine properly we only extend the pain.”
So yes, this April 18th, it was a relief to watch Prime Minister come out of the front door of the PM’s house in Ottawa and begin his briefing by saying the following –
“Canada and the United States have agreed to extend by another 30 days the border measures that are currently in place. …This is an important decision and one that will keep people on both sides of the border safe.”
So we have at least 30 more days here where we don’t have to be concerned about people who may thing that it is a great idea now to crowd together on a beach in Florida or pack a bar or restaurant in Georgia or some other state, cross our shared border and possibly infect and flame up more of this deadly sickness here.
To watch Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deliver the words above and continue on with his Saturday, April 18th briefing, click on the screen immediately below –
For my April 17th–commentary on Niagara At Large on this same subject, click on the following link – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/04/17/keeping-canada-u-s-border-closed-is-a-matter-of-life-and-death/
To check out a big part of the problem Canada has had working with our neighbours south of the border to protect us all against this deadly virus, click on the following screen –
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