This graphic shows the “simple” reason why the Canada-US border cannot open, according to the Premier of Ontario


TORONTO – Ontario Premier Doug Ford enlisted a giant chart comparing the low number of COVID-19 cases per capita in the province with a staggering number of cases in the United States as he continued to urging the federal government to keep the border closed and berated US President Donald Trump for his trade protectionism. “You can see we’re at 284 cases per 100,000 people,” Ford said proudly, pulling the chart up on a stand in the middle of his afternoon press conference.

Next to Ontario on the graph was Quebec with 726 cases per 100,000, then Michigan with 989, Pennsylvania with 994, to Florida with 2,827 cases per 100,000.

“I love our American friends but this is the reason why Prime Minister, we cannot open the borders, it is very simple,” said Ford.

The federal government and U.S. officials have agreed to keep land borders closed to non-essential travel until September 21.

Air travelers from the United States can arrive, but must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

The graph, which counts laboratory-confirmed tests per 100,000 population, does not include any other Canadian province except Quebec.

This means that it leaves out the provinces which, on a per capita basis, had much lower infection rates.

British Columbia, although just over a third the size of Ontario, has recorded just 105 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population since the pandemic hit Canada in January, or less than half the Ontario rate.

Additionally, blood antigen surveillance data collected by Public Health Ontario in the spring suggests that Ontario’s initially low testing rates mean more than three in four COVID-19 infections were missed by the end of June.

Ford said he wanted to compare Ontario to U.S. jurisdictions because of the similarities in their size to Ontario.

“Next to California, Texas, New York and Florida, we would be the fifth largest population (if Ontario were a US state). I just wanted to show people that they are doing a good job. drink by all means, but I just want to cheer people on, ”he said.

He admitted that America, with the greatest burden of new coronavirus cases and deaths in the world, is a different country with a different pandemic experience than Canada.

“We are different from the United States – Canadians listen to a lot more than Americans and I appreciate it. ”

When asked if he would indicate a preference in the US presidential race, he first said he was “so focused” on provincial issues, but then left his frustration with the latest tariffs. Trump’s decision to outweigh Canadian exports.

“Trump is up there saying, ‘I’m going to price this, price that,’ and you know he should do a little work. Find out that we are their first customer. We buy more from Americans than China, UK and Japan We are their number one customer and he wants to come after us on politics? Leave it. ”

He said Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland recently asked him to call US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer about new tariffs on Canadian aluminum exports.

“Don’t even get me started on this; I get too upset when someone attacks our country or our province.


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