America’s northern border towns and cities are hurting … REALLY hurting.
From Point Roberts, to Blaine, Bellingham, Wa. to Minot, North Dakota, to Buffalo and Plattsburg, NY to Burlington VT and dozens of other US border communities, the closure has had a devastating, crippling economic impact.
Much worse on them than the larger Canadian cities north of the border that FEED them … literally.
In 2019, Canadians made 43.8 MILLION visits to the US; Americans made 14.9 million to Canada.
Beginning last June, US Congress members began a concerted bipartisan effort to get the northern border re-opened:
“We are asking that the United States and Canada immediately craft a comprehensive framework for phased reopening of the border based on objective metrics and accounting for the varied circumstances across border regions,” read the letter, which was published on Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins’ website on July 3,” reported CTV News.
Canada said a flat NO!
After all, the US was experiencing an appalling Covid spread/illness and death rate: almost no one in Canada wanted Americans here.
” “Decisions about Canada’s border are made by Canadians, for Canadians,” said an External Affairs spokesperson.
“During the pandemic daily life has been uprooted in many ways for all of us, but for communities dependent upon cross-border interactions, life has completely halted,” seven US Congress members wrote in a letter to Biden a few weeks ago, according to the Blaine Northern Light newspaper.
“The United States, and Washington state specifically, share a deep social and economic bond with our neighbors to the north, and we must make meaningful progress in shaping a collaborative plan for safely reopening the border.”
You can read that article here: https://www.thenorthernlight.com/stories/uscanada-border-closure-will-reach-a-year-in-march,16012.
Well, times are a’changing … finally!
To date, the US has already vaccinated 57.3 million people … 29.8% of them now fully protected. And President Joe Biden has said the US will have/produce enough vaccine for every American by the ends of May.
Canada is also ramping up: Prime Minister Trudeau’s prediction that every Canadian who wants to be vaccinated will be vaccinated by September appears now to not only be achievable … but even beatable.
With four vaccines now approved, and Pfizer promising expedited delivery of millions more than earlier scheduled, things are looking up in Canada too,
Barring any future glitches or blockages: and that’s where the US will come in.
The Americans know that, in Canada, only 930,000 Canadians have so far had even one vaccine dose: only 2.47% of our population.
Watch for Biden to lift the embargo on exports of vaccines to Canada by May.
It’s already in the interests of the US … and its suffering northern border towns and cities … to help Canada catch up to the US vaccination rate. And get the majority of populations on BOTH sides of the border vaccinated by mid to late Summer.
Biden and his administration also know that will help Trudeau in any upcoming election campaign … especially one in the Fall.
And let’s keep it real: environmentally and climate driven Democrats would rather have the Trudeau/Liberals retain power in Canada than have the O’Toole/Conservatives take over.
So I predict that will be the KEY to re-opening those “never closed” gates at the US/Canada land border for VACCINATED travelers around August or September … without quarantine!
Proof of Vaccination certificates or Government-issued App code will be required … providing protection for people on both sides of the border, and also introducing a new incentive for those reluctant to take the jab.
It could all even become part of a formal US/Canada Health Protection Agreement that will treat the two countries (maybe even including Mexico) as a North American health bubble: making road travel WITHIN North America easier.
All of this conditional on no new major surge in the pandemic, and while still maintaining heavily restricted/controlled air access from overseas … including continuing quarantine for all overseas arrivals … and also maintaining the quarantine requirement for Canada/US flight passengers without Vaccine Certificates.
Speculation? Yes. Hypothetical? Yes.
Now watch it happen.
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