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Canada, U.S. working together is no guarantee of border symmetry, ambassador says

Last Updated Jul 23, 2021 at 1:23 pm MDT

Canadian and American flags fly near the Ambassador Bridge at the Canada-USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

WASHINGTON — Canada’s envoy to the U.S. says just because the two countries have been working together to manage their shared border doesn’t mean they were always going to be moving in perfect symmetry.

Kirsten Hillman says both Canada and the U.S. are well within their rights to be making their own unilateral decisions about COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Hillman appeared today alongside U.S. interim ambassador Arnold Chacón for a panel discussion on the bilateral relationship hosted by the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute.


The comments are their first public remarks since Canada promised to begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents back across the border as of Aug. 9.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, however, extended its own restrictions at the land border with Canada until Aug. 21.

Chacón says he believes the two countries are in “a good place” and that their bilateral discussions about the border will continue.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 23, 2021.

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