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Letter: Canada shouldn't be 'kowtowing' to America

Maybe you should have Chrystia Freeland, deputy prime minister, do the negotiations for us
opinion

Re: An open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on border crossing 

You have dishonoured Canadians by allowing Americans to cross the border for non-essential travel (tourism) beginning on Aug. 9, 2021, yet America will not allow Canadian citizens to cross the border into the States despite the fact that our vaccination rates are higher and our infection and death rates are lower than the Americans. 

Why do you let the Americans “slap us in the face” with their border restrictions? They are not better than us. Canadians have made great strides in combating the COVID-19 pandemic while the Americans are now seeing, especially in the “red states”, a resurgence of the pandemic with the Delta and Lambda variants. Several states have seen increases of infections and deaths as high as 300 per cent. 

We should not be “kowtowing” to America. Maybe you should have Chrystia Freeland, deputy prime minister, do the negotiations for us since she did an outstanding job of protecting our interests in the NAFTA negotiations with the US and Mexico. 

I sincerely believe she has the “guts” to stand-up to the American government and to American “money interests”.

George Thatcher,

Trochu