Letter: Ford among premiers asking Trudeau for stronger border restrictions


Premier Doug Ford is urging the federal government to roll out further restrictions at Canada’s borders. In a joint letter with Quebec premier Francois Legault addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ford cites concern for the growing number of cases attributed to variants coming into the country through international travel. Currently, the border between Canada and the U.S. is closed until at least May 21. It has been shut down since March 2020. The premiers are asking Trudeau to consider reducing incoming international flights and taking further protective action at land borders. This comes as a variant that appears to be wreaking havoc in India was detected in Quebec earlier this week. B.1.617 is considered a variant of interest. The rising number and percentage of COVID-19 cases that are identified as variants is a concern for us all. Collectively we have continued to take action to limit community spread and protect our citizens. We are concerned about the growing number of cases attributed to variants, which arrived in Canada through international travel. We are writing to you to request that the federal government take further measures to limit the spread of the virus.

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