MPP Mike Harris calls on Waterloo Region MPs to enhance border protections against COVID-19 Variants

Published on May 06, 2021

May 6, 2021 

 

Elmira—Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris requested that Waterloo Region Members of Parliament join the Ontario government in calling for enhanced public health measures at the border to secure against the entry of variants of concern.  

 

In a letter to Cambridge MP Bryan May, Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini, Waterloo MP Bardish Chagger, and Kitchener-Conestoga MP Tim Louis, MPP Harris called on his federal counterparts to use their considerable influence and pressure the federal government to close existing screening loopholes at Ontario’s land borders.  

 

MPP Harris stated that the current situation at the border, which allows international travelers to evade mandatory hotel isolation faced by air passengers through entering at a land crossing instead, “presents an ongoing public health risk and postpones economic recovery.”

 

Connecting this situation to recent spikes in variant cases in London, Ontario and Waterloo Region, his letter illustrated that in a two-week span in April over 150,000 people crossed Canada’s land borders without enhanced protocols. 

 

MPP Harris also raised concerns about reports that 30 domestic flights, and 36 international flights, landed at Pearson International Airport with potential COVID-19 exposures, in the past two weeks.  

 

Therefore, MPP Harris joined his provincial colleagues in requesting that the federal government implement stricter measures at our borders, including mandatory PCR testing for all domestic air travelers entering Ontario, to ensure no additional variants can enter the province.

 

A copy of this letter can be found here 

 

Through working together on these border enhancements, MPP Harris would like to maintain a continued partnership between the Ontario and federal government and among Waterloo Region political representatives to combat COVID-19 and protect vulnerable populations.