Dear Mr. Prime Minister, Please Keep the Canada-U.S. Border Closed All Year, If Necessary!

We Don’t Need America’s Trumpies Driving More of the Killer Virus Up Here.

“While there is no end to the peril, dozens of U.S. states are planning to reopen this month, undaunted by a steep trajectory of newly sickened people. …. This is a threat to Canada.”                  – from a May 9th Editorial in The Globe and Mail, titled; ‘Dear America – You’re Sick. Don’t Visit Us’.

If you are with this guy – the virus is a “hoax,” it’s nothing more than a “mild flu,” trying injecting disinfectant” while I “liberate your states,”  and real Americans don’t need to get tested or wear masks – then please don’t come visit! If you want to set yourselves up for a second, possible more deadly wave of this plague, keep it over there.

A Call-Out to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper

Posted May 15th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Dear America, you’re sick alright.

A proud “Trump girl” joins the protests against protective measures.

Whatever ‘Make America Great Again’ may mean, you’ve got the largest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 of any nation in the world and the largest number of deaths, with more than 85,000 as of this posting, and expected to surpass 100,000 before the end of this month.

And yet more than half the states in the U.S. are hanging up ‘Re-Open for Business’ sign, swinging open doors to bars, restaurants, casinos, gun shops and so on, even while the case counts and death counts related to Coronavirus continue to climb.

It is party time again in packed bars in Wisconsin, which is just a few hours drive away from the Canadian border. Do we really want these people coming up here in the middle of a pandemic?

“Whoo-eee,” shouted one big, bearded guy in a packed bar in Wisconsin when the shutters were removed the doors after a Republican dominated state court ruled against the governor’s desire to extend the shutdown. Raising an arm and hand to his mouth as if he were about to guzzle a mug of beer, the same guy, yelled; “America is back!”

America is back? What in hell does that mean?

Meanwhile, governors of states that, in the eyes of Trumpies who might almost (and a few reportedly tried it) inject Lysol or drink bleach for their ‘dear leader’ in the White House, are finding themselves buried in vile messages and death threats on social media – especially if they happen to be Democrats – and finding their capital buildings surrounded by heavily armed individuals who look like a 21st century lynch mob.

All of this while the self-described “stable genius” in the White House eggs them on with tweets about “liberating your states” from governors who are still urging their citizens to stay home, and who visits a Pennsylvania industry this May 14th that manufactures face masks, and is the only one there not wearing one – as if to say; ‘Macho Americans don’t wear masks.’

Some of Trump’s liberators – what he described in a tweet as “good people” – protesting protective measures put in place by the Democratic governor of Michigan. What they may really be liberating is another deadly outbreak of he virus.

And all of this while Canadians, for the most part, have done a pretty responsible job of taking the precautions necessary to bring the numbers of positive cases and deaths from this global plague down. We have taken measures that, in Canada at least, will buffer from a second wave of this virus that (if the so-called Spanish flu epidemic of 100 year ago teaches us anything) could be far more deadly than the first as people, at the time, came out of their homes and crowded together again far too soon.

When the governments of Canada and the United States decided to shut our shared border to all but essential commercial traffic this past March, I had mixed feelings about it at the time. On the one hand, I felt certain it was the right thing to do to keep the virus from further spreading. On the other, I felt bad for friends in the U.S. I knew I was going to miss and for being cut off from places that my family and I love to do.

As far back as late March, as the death counts began to soar in his country, Trump said he wanted to see the country opened up again by the April Easter weekend. This front page of the New York Daily News sums up the lunacy of that. Yet many of his supporters continued to support this dangerous dream.

By the middle of April however, as Trumpies were already gathering in the streets of Michigan and other nearby states, shouting down the seriousness of this health disaster, and puling at whatever chains haunt them in their libertarian minds to get back to the barber shops, bowling alleys and bars, I breathed a sigh of relief when our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the closing of the border would be extended to May 21st.

Now that May 21st is just six days away, I am praying to whoever might listen that as soon as later today, Prime Minister announced that the Canada-U.S. border closing will be extended yet again.

I feel bad saying this for those Americans I know who have been responsible and have reacted with as much anger and concern over the deadly reckless and selfish behaviour of Trump and so many of his mindless worshipers as I know many of us have up here.

I feel sorry for our neighbours in New York States and the Buffalo area who many of us share a long-time bond with of friendship with – in a state, by the way, with a Governor in Andrew Cuomo, who has been a shining example of honest, responsible, inspiring leadership through this ordeal.

Later in April, at a White House briefing, he seriously floated the idea of people ingesting or injecting household disinfectants to combate the virus. In some states, government poison information hotlines were flooded with calls from people wondering if this was a good idea. At least one individual reported asked for advice on what might be the best brand of disinfectant to drink.

Unfortunately, for them and for us though, there are too many unhinged people on the American side of the border, beginning with the current president, who have continued, right back to the start, not giving the lethality of this virus the respect it deserves.

So under the circumstances, I am having nightmares about the possibility of waiting in a line at the Peace Bridge, to cross back to Canada, and looking at cars around me, as I have so in the past, and seeing licence plates from states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Texas and Florida, with cars that may be full of Trumpies, driving the virus in to our country after we’ve sacrificed so much already to bring the curve down.

So please, Mr. Prime Minister, keep the Canada-U.S. border closed for as long as we have to.

I know I am not the only one who feels this way, as much as I miss seeing my American friends.

Please keep the Canada-U.S. border closed until we have more reason to believe it will be safe.

In fact, there was a lead editorial in the Saturday, May 9th edition of The Globe and Mail, under the headline ‘Dear America – You’re Sick. Don’t Visit Us’ that began this way –  

“The news out of the United States is grim.

“The country has the most cases of COVID-19 in the world, and the most deaths. As the virus spreads far beyond the epicentre of New York City – there are now rampant infections in places like Dakota County, Neb., and Trousdale County, Tenn. – a bleak headline this week was frank about the likely future: “An unrelenting crush of cases and deaths.”

“While there is no end to the peril, dozens of U.S. states are planning to reopen this month, undaunted by a steep trajectory of newly sickened people.

“This is a threat to Canada. Even as our country’s flattening of the curve allows us to begin to slowly move to the next stage of recovery,”

To read the full Globe and Mail editorial, click on – https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/editorials/article-dear-america-youre-sick-get-well-soon-until-then-stay-home-love/

NIAGARA AT LARGE encourages you to join the conversation by sharing your views on this post in the space following the Bernie Sanders quote below.

“A Politician Thinks Of The Next Election. A Leader Thinks Of The Next Generation.” – Bernie Sanders

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