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3/18/2021   - CHAMBER COMMENTS ON LATEST 30 DAY EXTENSION OF BORDER RESTRICTIONS

The North Country Chamber of Commerce has issued the following comments in response to the latest 30 day extension of existing restrictions on non-essential travel across the U.S.-Canadian border.
 
"The year-old border restrictions have as expected been extended for another thirty days," states Chamber President Garry Douglas. "The economic and social impacts continue, but there is also a growing concern about the over-arching impact on the entire relationship between the U.S. and Canada which is arguably unique in the world. Unlike other bi-national relationships which are largely driven by government-to-government actions, the special relationship between the U.S. and Canada has long been driven by people-to-people connections and interactions. And so this unprecedented separation is now inarguably doing deep and lasting damage on multiple levels. Simply put, it is fundamentally eroding our special relationship."
 
"Our key concern is that while the stakes for both countries are enormous, there continues to be a lack of appropriate urgency shown by both governments in planning and pursuing the way forward. Our own Senators and Congresswoman get it and are advocating strongly with us, but we must all up the sense of urgency for at least some interim steps. We will not let up."