Canada Trudeau pushes back on border closures following Progressive Conservative ad
Letters to the editor – Wanted: A Conservative climate plan that looks more conservative
‘A grudging concession to reality?’ Re: New Conservative climate plan to put carbon tax on large emitters, but change it for consumer fuels , April 15 ; and Erin O’Toole’s climate plan a product of foggy party politics , Matt Gurney, April 16 It’s great to see Conservatives finally coming around on carbon pricing, but Erin O’Toole’s new plan seems like a grudging concession to reality. It also seems much less likely to succeed than the current federal backstop. With a cap set at $50 per tonne, the price will be far less effective at reducing emissions. The “personal low carbon savings accounts” also seem like a complicated way to rebate the money.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says finger-pointing won't help Ontarians as the province grapples with the third wave of COVID-19.
Trudeau made the comment in response to an ad issued Thursday by Ontario's Progressive Conservative Party, which accuses him of failing to appropriately restrict travel into the province.
The prime minister says Ottawa is willing to work with Ontario on further limiting the number of people allowed to enter the province.
But he says Premier Doug Ford has yet to follow up on a request for tighter rules made last week.
Trudeau says he has offered to impose stricter limits on temporary foreign workers and agricultural workers, on compassionate exceptions and on international students, noting Ontario approved the arrival of 30,000 international students over the last month.
NP View: History will brutally judge Trudeau’s border inaction
At the beginning of the month, Canada earned the odious distinction of being one of the only countries in the world dealing with three variants of concern spreading unchecked at the same time, all because our Liberal government failed to learn one of the key lessons of the past year: border closures work. At the time, we were becoming aware of the new “double mutant” variant found in India, which appeared to be fuelling the start of that country’s record-setting second wave. And yet, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government failed to halt flights from India and Pakistan until the strain was already spreading within our borders.
Ford's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, Ontario reported 3,166 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and 23 more deaths linked to the virus. The Ministry of Health said that due to a technical issue with the laboratory data feed, the case count may be under-reported.
Health Minister Christine Elliott said there are 876 new cases in Toronto, 817 in Peel Region, and 300 in York Region.
The data is based on more than 51,300 completed tests.
The province said 1,924 people are hospitalized because of the novel coronavirus, with 858 in intensive care and 611 on a ventilator.
Ontario reported that 144,724 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine were administered since Thursday's report, for a total of 5.8 million doses.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021.
The Canadian Press
Trudeau and Doug Ford continue war of words over border controls, COVID testing for domestic flights .
Ontario Premier Doug Ford is escalating his battle with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over the border, demanding that more be done to stop variants coming in and complaining that his government’s previous requests haven’t been acted on. Trudeau, meanwhile, accused Ford of playing political games instead of working together to extinguish the third wave. In a letter to Trudeau dated May 12, Ford said his government has made three requests since April 22 around reducing incoming international flights, mandating pre-departure testing for domestic air travellers entering Ontario, and requiring a three-day hotel quarantine for land border crossers at Canada’s busiest entry