Canada – US Border Closure Taking Steep Human Toll | Aug 28, 2020

Statement by Chris Lewis, MP Essex

Canada – US Border closure taking steep human toll

The Trudeau government must take a compassionate approach and resolve this situation

ESSEX – August 28, 2020 – The closure of the Canada-US border is taking a steep human toll. As a result of Conservative efforts, the government agreed in June to allow reunifications of immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, following strict public health guidelines.

We know, however, that hardship remains for many families separated by the Canada-US border. The Trudeau government continues to mismanage the situation when it comes to crossing the border and this makes lives of many Canadians difficult. The Trudeau government must take a compassionate approach and resolve this situation, including addressing the discrepancies between what the Minister of Public Safety is saying publicly and how the current guidelines are being interpreted at the border.

Let me be clear, Conservatives continue to support limiting travel between Canada and the US until the COVID-19 outbreak is under control in both countries. While ensuring the health and safety of Canadians, the government must, however, take a compassionate approach to resolve situations where loved ones remain separated.

Our interconnectedness with our American neighbors has long been held as a shining example to the world. For my constituents these ties run deep. The toll, especially on Canadians living in border cities, has been steep.

It is time to acknowledge the human toll and to ensure that compassion wins the day. Commerce is essential, but so is being present to our loved ones.

Chris Lewis MP

Chris Lewis MP - Essex

Constituency Office

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