“When you enter on July 1, Canada Day, and July 4, which is Independence Day. Those target dates are real pressure points for normalization,” Easter, co-chair of the Canadian-US Congressional Group, said in an interview. “It’s hot and I think we definitely need a plan.”
border: border crossing between Canada and the United States It has been closed to non-essential travel from March 2020. Neighbors agreed last week to maintain the restrictions until June 21.
But as the number of vaccinations increases, June 22 may be a different story.
Representative Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told POLITICO this week that US authorities It is ready to begin lifting restrictions on both US borders in June. “All indications are that they will be open next month,”; said Cuellar, whose district is next to the Mexican border. “We’re almost there. But I don’t know if they’re going to do it all at once or slowly come in.”
plan: Easter said Canada was approaching the border with more caution. When asked if Canada could start opening things on June 22, He said it would depend on the evolution of the pandemic and the vaccination of both sides.
By June 22, however, Easter said it was important to provide a timeline and benchmark to the public.
“You have to plan regardless of that uncertainty. People need to know where they’re going. They need to get that hope,” Easter said. “It was absolutely necessary at that point to have a complete plan.”
For example, Canada overtook the United States in administering the first dose of vaccine. But there were traces when it came to the percentage of people who received both vaccines. on thursday More than 53% of Canada’s population has been vaccinated at least once, while only 5% have been fully vaccinated.
Look beyond the Ottawa bubble: Easter indicates a lack of plans. This is partly a result of lawmakers’ shift to virtual rallies during the pandemic. The meeting of political parties by Zoom is not the same. he added
“You can’t shoulder … and say to someone, ‘Look, this is a problem, and let’s put the pressure on today,'” said Easter, who added a large number of American assets to Prince Edward. his The island’s constituency and often spend up to five months there every year.
“You have the Ottawa bubble to some degree and that might be part of the problem. Like Washington, D.C., the idea – two different worlds, I think both. [are] A bubble with no reality or common sense.”
Easter also said he believes Canada has not disclosed the plans because The “flow and uncertainty” of the pandemic The province of Manitoba is struggling with rising numbers of Covid-19 cases, and much larger provinces such as Ontario are still subject to stay-at-home restrictions.
Cross-border discussions: last week Easter is the co-chair of the Canada-US Congress group meeting. which focuses on various issues including reopening the border safely US participants include Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho).
He said that the Americans in The meeting wanted to put pressure on the US government. and Canada started more Remove border restrictions
“They are heating their administration and they are trying to heat us as well,” he said, adding that he thought it resonated with Trudeau’s ministers. The debate is ongoing. It’s not a moot point there. [are] Discussion among the Cabinet. what we will do That’s a good sign.”
US pressure has increased the likelihood that the United States Will start opening borders again before Canada
A senior Canadian government insider said recently that official border talks were underway. And no short-term decisions have been made. Insiders say the rules may ease as the summer progresses.
Trudeau has suggested that at least 75 percent of the Canadian population needs to get their first shot and 20 percent will need a second dose before the country begins to loosen its public health restrictions. He did not provide detailed guidelines for the border.
Prime Ministers are still facing domestic pressure. For example, provincial leader Ontario Premier Doug Ford has urged him to maintain border measures.
Political oppression: Such restrictions affect the business. Travel and family reunification on both sides of the border But so far most of the public pressure has come from the United States.
Representative Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, is one of the most vocal lawmakers pushing Presidents Joe Biden and Trudeau to want border measures lifted for fully vaccinated people.
Last week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer used a statement to directly urge Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Coordinate with his Canadian counterpart as soon as possible.
Easter says political pressure from the US more severe because in canada Health officials and the media contribute to The “fear factor” about the pandemic
“We’ve done a pretty good job of scaring the Canadian side,” he said, noting that he understands the goal is to keep people home. [the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation] For 16 hours you will feel depressed.”