Ontario Premier Doug Ford responds to US President Donald Trump after saying he may soon be relaxed at border restrictions.
“Trudeau should say no right away,” said Ford on Thursday. “Until we have this under containment, we have to close our borders. “
Trump told the Americans on Wednesday that Canada is doing well in the fight against COVID-19 and that it will be one of the first borders to be released.
Ontario shares a border with Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, which is the most affected region in the country.
As of Thursday afternoon, there are 629,264 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, including 26,708 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The borders between the two countries have been closed for almost a month to non-essential travelers.
“We should have closed the borders much earlier and put better control at our airports,” said Ford.
“The answer is absolutely no. I don’t want them (the Americans) in Ontario. “
“I want to put the people of Ontario first. “
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday there is “a considerable amount of time” before border restrictions are relaxed.
This is not the first time that Ford has spoken out against Trump during the pandemic.
Earlier this month, he said he was disappointed with the president for stopping the export of 3M N95 masks to Canada.
“I cannot stress how disappointed I am with President Trump for making this decision,” Ford said on April 3.
“I will not count on President Trump, I will never count on any Prime Minister of any country.”