OTTAWA TO ANNOUNCE EASING OF BORDER RESTRICTIONS FRIDAY
Nov 17, 2021
By Bob Komsic
It appears the Trudeau government is going to make changes to its border testing requirements for some travellers.
Ottawa’s expected to announce that, as of the end of the month, Canadians and permanent residents who are taking trips of less than 72-hours will be allowed to, instead of a molecular test, opt for the cheaper, quicker rapid antigen test and show those negative results in order to return.
Canadians and all foreign nationals coming back from a longer trip will still have to complete the more expensive test up to 3-days before departing for Canada.
The president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Perrin Beatty, doesn’t get it.
”The question that the government will have to answer is, how are you safe in the 72nd hour and you become dangerous in the 73rd? What is the logic of this?” said Beatty.
Tourism and business leaders agree.
”On the eve of the Three Amigos summit, our federal government cannot on the one hand be asking for greater collaboration, co-operation and consistency on trade issues while a different approach to the border itself,” said Goldy Hyder, president of the Business Council of Canada.