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US-Canada border to remain closed through at least July 21

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, says the border between the United States and Canada will remain closed for non-essential travel through, at least, July 21.

U.S. Congressmen Brian Higgins and Bill Huizenga released a joint statement on the extended closure:

“Millions of Americans and Canadians are counting on our governments to work together to reach an agreement that provides a clear roadmap for reopening the border between our two nations.

“The lack of transparency surrounding these negotiations is a disservice to our constituents and the millions of residents on both sides of the border waiting to see their loved ones, visit their property, and renew business ties.

“While the arrival of vaccines in record time has been a modern marvel, the inability of the U.S. and Canadian governments to reach an agreement on alleviating border restrictions or aligning additional essential traveler classes is simply unacceptable.”

Brian Higgins and Bill Huizenga

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Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here and follow him on Twitter.

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