Since 18 March, Canada had travel restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The restrictions are in force until 30 June.
Kenney is not saying that Canada should re-open its borders to now, but rather, wants the federal government and the provinces to develop a plan that would facilitate the recovery of the international and domestic travel as quickly as possible.
About Jason Kenney
Jason Kenney was the longest serving immigration minister in Canadian history, as he led the Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (CRIC) between 2008 and 2013.
Kenney has been one of the most influential ministers of immigration ever, as he oversaw sweeping reforms and modernization of Canada’s immigration system. For example, it has laid the groundwork for the eventual launch of the system, Express Entry.
In 2019, Kenney was elected Prime minister of Alberta, which is the fourth largest province in population and a province that has seen its immigrant intake to increase significantly over the past two decades, due in large part to the economic growth it enjoyed its oil and gas industry.
In the context of his 2019 campaign, Kenney has announced a number of proposals in support of the Alberta economic development through its provincial nominee Program (PNP).
How to re-open the borders
Kenney points to countries such as Iceland, Austria and New Zealand as examples that Canada should consider as it develops strategies on how to re-open its borders.
Iceland, for example, offers COVID-19 tests to all incoming travelers, and free those who test negative from his mandatory two-week quarantine.
Like other Canadian leaders, Kenney is concerned that the extension of the Canada travel restrictions will be the cause of the country’s economy to suffer.
Canada, airline, hotel, and tourism industry is also proposing solutions to the federal government on how Canada can safely accommodate foreign travelers.
Currently, Canada requires that travellers (including Canadian citizens and permanent residents) or to the quarantine for two weeks, at the entrance to the country.
However, the airline industry in canada has argued that this requirement is discouraging travelers from coming to the country.
Instead, it offers to the health and safety measures such as the obligation of wearing the mask, temperature control, and rapid tests at airports to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 years in Canada.
Canada will make an announcement by the end of this month, if he intends to relax its travel rules.
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