Local federal candidates weighed in on Canada’s management of the border and international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
THUNDER BAY – Local federal candidates weighed in on Canada’s management of the border and international travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s response has relied on the best scientific advice and expertise. We have implemented some of the strictest entry requirements of any country. Thunder Bay – Superior North Liberal incumbent Patti Hajdu said:
“We continue to use science to guide our measures at the border, including the need for all travelers to undergo a PCR departure test 72 hours before arriving in Canada, and the mandatory random check on arrival. . All unvaccinated Canadian travelers must continue to adhere to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. I thank all the officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency and Transport Canada for their hard work in maintaining these measures.
NDP Thunder Bay – Superior North candidate Chantelle Bryson says we should have looked to other countries and how they handled the spread of COVID – 19.
“Anyone familiar with the 2006 SARS Coronavirus Final Report and Pandemic Preparedness knows that it is necessary to take the greatest possible precautions available until you know exactly what type of virus and what transmissibility is involved. Full PPE should be used immediately and borders severely restricted. Said Bryson
“Australia and New Zealand have taken this approach which has saved countless lives, especially the elderly and vulnerable, protected their economies and enabled their citizens to maintain more normal daily lives outside of targeted closures. “
The Green Party candidate in Thunder Bay – Superior North also felt that the Liberal government’s handling of the situation was simply not up to par.
“When it comes to borders and international travel, Patty ditched the border closure in the first place, saying doing it and protecting Canadians was just plain racist. We had to close the borders because it was essential for the protection of Canada and Canadians to do so. It was Patty’s job to close those borders when she first learned of the spread of the pandemic. She decided not to do it and to divide Canadians by saying that anyone who thinks we should close the borders is a racist. Moddejonge said,
“What we need now, and what we need since this pandemic hit Canada, are more robust tests. We now know that vaccines alone do not stop the spread of COVID. We need to know how many people are actively and directly affected by this virus in real time. We also deserve to know how many survivors of this virus we have, and currently no antibody tests are available in Thunder Bay. “
Conservative Party candidate Joshua Taylor and People’s Party of Canada candidate Rick Daines were unavailable for comment.