There’s too much uncertainty about the pandemic’s path in the coming months for Canada’s federal government to engage in discussions about reopening the Canada-U.S. border, said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc.
“This doesn’t feel like the right moment to have those conversations,” LeBlanc told CBC News Network’s Power & Politics.
“We do recognize, as vaccination rates go up and, hopefully, as we see the public health measures that are in place now bring down those case counts, there will be a conversation that we can have both with the American administration and with provinces and territories about what is the right posture at the international borders.
“But for the moment, there’s no active discussion [about] adjusting those measures.”
LeBlanc said his government needs more detailed advice from scientists about the impact of the vaccine rollout and how effective it will be in reducing transmission and infection rates.
“All of those conversations I know are taking place with scientists,” he said. “We don’t feel, as a government, that we have enough … robust scientific advice to lay out a map with so many uncertainties.”
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