Canada-US border: immediate opening demanded

The premiers of Saskatchewan and Alberta joined with the governors of North Dakota, Montana and Idaho to demand the immediate reopening of the border between the two countries for the movement of citizens and goods.

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Scott Moe and Jason Kenney, accompanied by governors of neighboring states Doug Burgum, Greg Gianforte and Brad Little, sent a joint letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden on Friday to plead their case.

“As leaders of the states and provinces that form the border between the United States and Canada, we urge the two countries to work together to reach an agreement that will allow the flow of citizens, goods and tourists between our countries. two nations now ”, is it possible to read.

The five leaders notably put forward the argument of vaccination deemed sufficiently high in the two countries.

“With high vaccination rates in both countries, we can reopen the borders safely now,” the premier of Alberta said on Twitter Friday evening.

The vaccination campaign is more advanced in the two Canadian provinces, where Alberta reported 62% of its eligible population fully vaccinated as of Thursday, and Saskatchewan 61% of adults aged 12 and over during the assessment. Friday.

In the United States, figures were 45.9% of North Dakota residents aged 12 and over who had received their two doses in the most recent update on Thursday, compared to 45.4% in Idaho and 48% in Montana according to their shared balance sheet Friday.

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“We must take our personal responsibility by vaccinating citizens who wish to do so, reduce mitigation measures that cause economic damage and encourage travel for business and tourism,” continued the premiers and governors.

Recall that Ottawa announced Monday that fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed to return to Canada from August 9, while the United States decided Wednesday to extend the closure of the land border until August 22.

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