International Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says the federal authorities will not rule out invoking the federal Emergencies Act to restrict journey as components of the nation proceed to expertise excessive an infection charges of COVID-19.
“We’re all potential actions to ensure that we are able to obtain our goals. The Emergencies Act is one thing you do not think about evenly,” Garneau mentioned in a Sunday interview on Rosemary Barton Reside. “However we’re at the start involved concerning the well being and security of Canadians. And if we are able to try this in a approach that we’ve the regulatory energy to do it, we are going to do it.”
The Emergencies Act would give cupboard the facility to control or prohibit journey “to, from or inside any specified space, the place essential for the safety of the well being or security of people.”
On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadians to rethink all journey plans inside and out of doors Canada’s borders, notably as March break approaches.
“Folks shouldn’t be planning non-essential journey or trip journey outdoors of the nation, notably as a result of, as I mentioned just a few days in the past, we could possibly be bringing in new measures that considerably impede your skill to return to Canada at any given second with out warning,” Trudeau cautioned.
“Final evening I had an extended dialog with the premiers about plenty of totally different choices that we may probably train to additional restrict journey and to maintain Canadians protected, and we can have extra to say on these within the coming days.”
When requested by CBC’s Chief Political Correspondent Rosemary Barton when such plans could be introduced, Garneau mentioned the measures are “in very energetic dialogue.”
“I am not going to foretell when or what, however I can let you know that we’re very seized with it in our authorities.”
U.S. strikes to strengthen land border measures
The minister additionally mentioned Canada is implementing COVID-19 testing alongside the Canada-U.S. land border as the USA strikes to strengthen security measures at land ports of entry.
“It might be simpler to do … if we’ve fast checks that may be executed as a result of it is slightly bit more difficult to do testing on the border. Nevertheless it’s one thing that we’re very critically,” Garneau mentioned.
“As fast checks come alongside, that makes a giant distinction as a result of there are challenges with respect to … sure land border factors being very congested. And in the meantime, there’s an enormous quantity of site visitors move that has to maintain going.”
In keeping with an executive order throughout the U.S. authorities’s nationwide pandemic response technique, prime officers have been ordered to “start diplomatic outreach to the governments of Canada and Mexico concerning public well being protocols for land ports of entry.”
Inside 14 days of the date of the order, officers should submit a plan to President Joe Biden to place acceptable public well being measures in place.
“We’ll interact in a really severe approach with the U.S. administration on how greatest to take care of land borders,” Garneau mentioned.
The Canada-U.S. border stays closed to non-essential journey till Feb. 21.
At present, travellers over the age of 5 returning to Canada by air should produce proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken now not than 72 hours earlier than boarding a flight.