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Canada not ready to re-open land border with U.S.: Garneau

Last Updated Jun 2, 2021 at 2:42 pm EDT

Canada and U.S. flags fly in the wind at the Douglas-Peace Arch border crossing, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, March 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Foreign affairs minister says feds discussing re-opening concerns, plans with provinces

Marc Garneau says he's very aware Canadians are growing impatient about the ongoing shutdown

Canada-U.S. land border remains closed to most non-essential travel

MONTREAL (NEWS 1130) – The federal government continues to feel pressure to re-open the border with the U.S., but Canada’s foreign affairs minister says our country isn’t ready.

Marc Garneau says he’s very aware Canadians are growing impatient about the ongoing shutdown of the Canada-U.S. border.

Travel across the land border remains restricted to most non-essential traffic, as has been the case for more than a year.

In a virtual conversation with the CEO of Montreal’s chamber of commerce, Garneau declined to offer a set of criteria to determine a re-opening plan.

He says he and his cabinet colleagues are discussing the matter with the provinces, but says authorities are wary of opening the flood gates to a potential fourth wave of COVID-19.

Garneau says predictability remains the watch word, while acknowledging the situation a month from now is hard to predict.

The border restrictions were first brought in in March of last year, when COVID-19 began to spread rapidly in both countries.

The closure has been extended on a monthly basis, most recently until at least June 21 of this year.