May 19, 2024
Mixed messaging about our borders
The United States border crossing is seen Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Lacolle, Que.
The United States border crossing is seen Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in Lacolle, Que.

When does closed really mean open? 

The Trudeau government announced earlier last week that Canada’s borders were closed — later admitting broad exemptions, including to illegal border-crossers, asylum seekers, temporary foreign workers and anyone part of the supply chain whose job involves getting goods in and out of Canada. 

In other words, our borders were still wide open. 

Since the onset of this virus-turned-global pandemic, the Trudeau government has insisted that grounding international flights and closing our borders to foreign travellers would not stop the spread of this deadly disease.

On March 13, Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu explained why Canadians were wrong to want our borders closed: “Canadians think we can stop this at the border, but what we see is a global pandemic, meaning that border measures are actually highly ineffective at stopping this and in some cases create harm.”

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See Also:

(1) Canada’s death toll from coronavirus rises to 13, says official

(2) Judge bravely calls out ‘grossly inadequate’ hygiene at courthouse (Jack: Idle judges make mischief.)

(3) Trudeau says Parliament will resume Tuesday to pass emergency measures

(4) In this pandemic, governments will face three tests —including how best to restart the economy

(5) The COVID-19 pandemic and Canada’s food system

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