Sault Ste. Marie City Council have no power to close or open the International border, however they do endorse the Federal Governments decision to keep the border closed for the time being.
With COVID-19 soaring in the U.S. , with numbers now reaching 70,000 new cases daily, the U.S. President, Donald Trump is pushing to re-open the economy and wants Canada to re-open the border.
The council meeting being held virtually via zoom allowed councillors to chime in their views on the subject including Ward 5 councillor, Corey Gardi who ripped on the U.S. President for not having a “strategic plan” to deal with the outbreak of coronavirus cases as the President is urging the states to reopen.
“The country is led by, you know, what I qualify as a buffoon, that’s me speaking…” Gardi continued, “most recently he has taken more time to attacking the credibility of one of his leading infectious disease experts rather than taking the time to making sure his citizens are protected.”
348 new cases were reported in Michigan on Monday with a total of 69,338 confirmed cases and over 6,000 deaths in Michigan alone.
“the (the President) seems more focused on winning a national election and federally, the border is controlled by Mr. Trump and his administration, we as a country, a province and a community and our citizens have managed to navigate this pandemic with considerably more coherence and success than the United States.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau closed the border until July 21st, Trudeau says border discussions with the U.S. are “ongoing,” adding that he expects to have more to say later in the week.