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Reopening the Northern Border

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The coronavirus pandemic closed the U.S.-Canada border in March 2020.

Members of the United States-Canada Inter-Parliamentary Group met virtually Tuesday discussing what it will take to fully re-open it safely and when?

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, is a co-chair of the United States-Canada Inter-Parliamentary Group.

“What is a low-risk and acceptable amount of risk for us as we look at the value and the importance of this to both of our economies.”

The question, and the answer sought; what would a safe border look like? Canada offers the Arrive Can App.

“I give Health Canada permission to basically do a data handshake with my State Department of Health that has my vaccine record.”

Laurie Trautman is a border expert who says it’s not a privacy issue because users are allowing access to their data. It’s one approach. Rep. Huizenga, a Zeeland Republican, noted vaccine passports are not popular on the American side of the border.

Wayne Easter, a member of the Canadian Parliament explained both governments agree fully vaccinated individuals should move freely across the border. Reaching an agreement on verification is the sticking point.