Powlowski to join US meeting on border reopening plan

Powlowski to join US meeting on border reopening plan

A public roundtable will be held Tuesday in International Falls. The Liberal member expected to participate virtually.

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minnesota – Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Marcus Powlowski is expected to virtually join a panel discussion on reopening the Canada-U.S. Border to be held Tuesday in International Falls, Minnesota.
The office of Republican U.S. Representative Pete Stauber has sent out an invitation for the in-person event, which will be held at the Backus Community Center, starting at 10:30 a.m.

The land border between the two countries has been closed to non-essential travelers since March 18, 2020. The closure was recently extended until at least April 21.

Stauber and Powlowski, a Liberal elected in 2019, will be joined by US Congresswoman Michelle Fischbach.

The discussion is expected to focus on the impact of the closure on border communities.

According to International Falls Journal, Stauber, who represents District 8, Fishbach, who represents District 7, and U.S. Representative for District 6 Tom Emmer sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden in February urging the United States to work with its counterparts Canadians to expand the number of essential workers allowed to cross the border.

They also sought a plan to safely reopen the border to non-essential travelers.

Canada recently tightened restrictions on cross-border air travel, requiring anyone who flies in Canada, with few exceptions, to self-quarantine at their own expense at a government-sanctioned hotel for up to three days to wait for a mandatory COVID-19 test result. Travelers deemed non-essential are also required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

This year, Canadian airlines have voluntarily stopped flying to and from many sunny destinations in an effort to stem the influx of travelers to popular hot spots.

Anyone who drives in Canada must test negative for COVID-19 within the past three days. Those who do not face fines or, in the case of foreigners, are refused entry.

TBNewswatch has reached out to Powlowski for comment, but his office has yet to respond.


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