Jacobs, Ortt hopeful US-Canadian border will reopen soon

Staff Reports Posted 16 July 2021 at 3:55 pm

Congressman Chris Jacobs and Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt both issued statements today after Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada could potentially begin welcoming fully vaccinated Americans into Canada for non-essential travel in mid-August.

“It’s about time,” Jacobs said. “Families, homeowners, and small business owners should not have had to wait this long.This announcement still lacks any actual details, which is par for the course for these two administrations.”

Rob Ortt issued this statement: “For 16 months, the US-Canadian border has been closed, and the economic toll between our two nations has been devastating. For the second year in a row, the exchange of goods and services between our two nations has been halted, and the small towns, villages, and cities near our border that rely heavily on this exchange have suffered immensely.

“It is encouraging that Prime Minister Trudeau recognizes the illogical decision to keep fully vaccinated Americans from crossing the border into Canada as the positivity rate of the Western New York region continues to remain below one percent.”