On May 28, 2021, Mayor Christian Provenzano’s office was asked to coordinate a meeting between Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, and border city Mayors.
In a conversation with AM800 in Windsor, Windsor Mayor, Drew Dilkens, said the Federal Government didn’t provide an official date, but may consider easing restrictions June 21, pending favourable health indicators. The reason he gave was because a requisite number of Canadians will potentially be vaccinated by that date, according to the intended implementations of the Re-opening plan.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested last month that, before Canada would consider scaling back restrictions, Coronovirus cases would have to remain low and 75% of Canadians would need to be vaccinated.
We reached out to Provenzano for his reaction as to how the meeting went. Here is his full statement.
“The meeting took place on May 28. Minister Blair asked my office to coordinate it and I was glad to do so. Speaking generally, my takeaway from it was that the federal government would be implementing a staged reopening tied to vaccination rates. I am comfortable with that position but took the opportunity to point out that provincial and national vaccination rates may not reflect the vaccination rates in border communities. Sault Ste. Marie, specifically, has trailed the provincial average because we have not been provided with vaccinations at the same rate as they have been provided to the majority of the province. I suggested to the Minister that the government should be sensitive to that dynamic.
It was clear to me that all participants believed that the government needed to produce a clear, transparent reopening plan so that everyone understood the thresholds that had to be met for the border to reopen and what the stages will look like when it does. I appreciate the Minister reaching out to us, his candour and his engagement.”
No official word has been given as to a plan moving forward, but, the ability to go see friends, family and visit our American neighbours, may just be weeks away.