There is no “crystal ball” about when the Canadian-US border will fully reopen: Garneau

Foreign Minister Marc Garneau To tell He does not know when the Canadian-US border will return to its pre-pandemic state.

“I don’t know if my crystal ball is better than yours,” Garnot told liberal MP Sherry Romanad. Thursday.

“We hear from stakeholders and, of course, from the industry. We must look at all the information we have and make the right decisions for Canadians. “

Garnot cited the example of US MP Brian Higgins (DN.Y.) advocating the reopening of the border.

Higgins was the co-chair of a caucuses on the northern border, and a group of lawmakers said the economy of their northern state was hit hard by the closure of the border.

March 21st, Higgins statement Encourage the Biden administration to “completely resume” by July and “encourage partial resumption, including additional exemptions to allow families to reunite sooner.”

The Canadian-US border has been closed since March 2020 because it was considered non-essential for vacations and other trips. Federal government In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, a disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

But “we are not outside the forest,” Garnot said. “There were concerns about the third wave and even some discussion in some quarters about the potential fourth wave.”

The minister added that “it certainly moves us in the right direction” as more people are vaccinated in both countries.

NDP MP Brian Masse asked if Garnot would establish a formal task force to resolve the border crossing issue.

“The Canadian Mold Manufacturers Association (CAMM) cannot properly take workers across national borders. The order council you belonged to handles such types of employees. I didn’t, “says Masse.

by CAMMThe Ontario government classifies mold makers as “essential workers” by law, but it is not allowed at the federal level, causing problems when trying to work across the Canadian-US border. I will.

“We were considered essential for some reason. Therefore, it does not make sense to be blocked at the border and required to be quarantined for 14 days. It is neither rational nor fair,” said CAMM Chair. Jonathan Azzopardi said in a statement on March 19 calling for fair treatment.

“We are not looking for a wide open border. Our important work is recognized and allowed to cross the border so that we can fulfill our contractual obligations as part of our manufacturing in Canada. I just want to be done. “

Garnot said the federal government is investigating.

“Investigate whether a particular class of workers needs cross-border access that is not on the original list of mandatory workers.”