In a letter to the Canadian ambassador in Washington, this politician representing a district bordering New York State – and a close ally of former President Donald Trump – demanded that Ottawa stop demanding that US nationals use the app to cross the Canada-US border north.
Also in this missive to Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, Ms. Stefanik calls ArriveCAN an obstacle
full of bugs which is detrimental to travel and no longer serves public health. All the software manages to accomplish, she says, is to cause confusion and reduce the number of travelers crossing the border.
It also hurts the flow of trade, and forces travelers to provide personal health information.added the representative in a press release.
An already lively debate in the country
Discussions about ArriveCAN have been going on in Canada for some time now. What differs is that the No. 3 of the Republican hierarchy in the House of Representatives, best known for her passionate defense of Donald Trump, is now involved in the thorny debate.
Mayors of Canadian border towns have already asked Ottawa to stop requiring the use of this application, like companies and another American elected official from a border district, Democrat Brian Higgins.
the buffalo newsan American newspaper, also got involved:
It does not workreads an editorial published this week.
And it hurts the economies of both countries.
The government is not moving, for the moment
In Ottawa, the government gave no indication that it wanted to throw the application away. Federal officials say the software saves time by automating questions about vaccination status, rather than forcing travelers to answer them orally.
Also according to the federal government, a bug affecting some users of the iPhone version has recently been fixed.
And for his part, the Minister of Public Safety, Marco Mendicino, suggested that ArriveCAN could, in the future, be used as a method to automate sorting before customs, following the example of Australia, which a similar system in place.
According to a text by Alexander Panetta of CBC News