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“Canada, U.S. strike deal to extend border restrictions by 30 days” – Justin Trudeau

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Published on April 18, 2020 with No Comments

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada and the United States have struck a deal to extend current border restrictions between the two countries by an additional 30 days.

“This is an important decision and one that will keep people on both sides of the border safe,” Trudeau said at the top of his daily COVID-19 briefing Saturday.

The border was originally closed March 21, restricting non-essential travel between Canada and the U.S. Over the past month, the border remained open for trade and commerce, with exemptions also granted for emergency response and public health purposes.

The prime minister’s announcement comes as the initial agreement was set to expire Tuesday. 

Trudeau thanked Public Safety Minister Bill Blair for his work leading discussions with U.S. officials about extending the measures.

“It’s another example of the excellent collaboration between our two countries,” he said.

The announcement is in line with the prime minister’s comments from earlier this week, when Trudeau said Thursday that reopening the U.S.-Canada border would not be happening “anytime soon.”Katie Simpson✔@CBCKatie According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, early this morning Canadian side woke up to confirmation from the US that it was comfortable with a 30 day extension of border restrictions. Conversations started in the middle of last week.

 

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