Secretary of Defense Bill Blair says the letter calling on the federal government to further restrict travel to Ontario Premier Duck Ford Canada and across it is an attempt to divert attention from a third epidemic wave across the province.
“I look forward to seeing the Prime Minister’s data, listening to his health professionals and implementing the facts. Obviously, we see an attempt to divert and divert attention from the utmost concern that exists in Ontario,” David Common told the CBC News Network. Power & Politics Thursday.
“I know they have some serious problems … in their workplaces and community meetings but their own information tells us … 2,320 cases were reported in Ontario yesterday. Zero of them were related to travel, so I explicitly disagree.”
The Ford government sent another letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week. The provincial government says Ottawa should reduce the number of international flights allowed into Canada, take pre-departure checks before Canadians fly inland, and extend isolated operations at Canadian airports to the land border with the United States.
Blair rejected advice to further restrict international flights, saying all non-essential flights to Canada were halted 14 months ago. He said international travel was down 96 percent and that Canadians were returning home from abroad because they had a right to.
According to Ford’s request that domestic travelers take the polymerase chain reaction test – commonly known as the PCR test – for COVID-19 before they travel, the federal government is ready to assist, but internal travel restrictions are a provincial responsibility.
“If the Prime Minister wants to implement measures to ban travel to Ontario from anywhere in Canada domestically, he has the authority to do so. We are happy to work with him,” Blair said.
Land boundary operations are in progress: Blair
On February 22, the federal government implemented new segregation measures at airports, requiring all air travelers returning from non-essential trips abroad to be segregated for up to 72 hours at a federal designated facility, while they wait for the results of the PCR test they must take. Upon arrival.
Three days of compulsory isolation in a federally designated facility can cost up to $ 2,000 per person. Ford said he wants those measures to be extended to the land border.
“There are 117 land border points across this country, many of which are hundreds of kilometers away from a nearby hotel,” Blair said. “The safest and most effective way to manage people coming to our borders by land is through the system we have set up.”
Blair said returning to the United States by land while Canadians were in their cars with their families and going straight home after two weeks of isolation trials was “the safest way to manage those people.”
“The requirements for pre-arrival testing, post-arrival testing and 14-day isolation are all actively enforced across our land borders, in fact we have 99.6 per cent compliance,” he said. “When people do not comply, there are significant consequences and penalties.”