(WIVB) – Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins continues to urge the US and Canadian governments to reopen the border or, at the very least, develop a plan and make it public. In the past 16 months, neither has happened.
The border has been closed to non-essential travel for 16 months and no plans to reopen have been made public. And another deadline is looming, with the border to be closed for at least a week from Wednesday.
At an event on Wednesday, Higgins highlighted the ironies involved in keeping the border closed for non-essential travel. He says the US and Canadian governments have urged their respective populations to follow the science when it comes to controlling the spread of COVID-19.
But he says the leaders of the two countries refuse to follow their own advice when it comes to the border. And he pointed to recent decisions about allowing professional athletes to cross relentlessly – for the NHL playoffs and eventually for the Toronto Blue Jays.
He says these decisions go beyond irony. He says they are arbitrary.
“When you make arbitrary decisions about exempting hockey players, it is not based on science. It is based on the NHL playoff schedule. When you consider allowing baseball players to return to Toronto after playing the season in Buffalo, it’s an arbitrary decision. It doesn’t follow science, ”said Congressman Higgins.
Higgins says vaccination rates in Canada are not as high as what we are seeing in the United States
He says they have made spectacular progress over the past month.
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