Week 52: Measuring the Regional Impacts of the Canada-U.S. Border Restrictions
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On March 20, 2020, Canada and the United States announced restrictions on non-essential travel between the two countries as a temporary, but necessary, measure to slow the spread of COVID-19. These restrictions expire and have been renewed every 30 days for the past year.
In November of 2020, The Wilson Center announced the creation of a The Wilson Task Force on Public Health and the US-Canadian Border, which includes members that represent the political, economic, and regional diversity of the Canada-U.S. border: Former Quebec Premier Hon. Jean Charest, Former Washington Governor Hon. Christine Gregoire, Former Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Anne McLellan, and Former Vermont Governor Hon. James Douglas.
The Wilson Task Force was set up to study the problem of how and when to lift the joint restrictions imposed by the United States and Canada. Join us on Thursday, March 18, 3:30-5:00pm (ET) as we chat with the Wilson Task Force members and leading border experts on the initial regional impacts of the COVID-19 crisis border restrictions.
Alan D. Bersin
Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy, and Vice President of INTERPOL for the Americas Region
Research Associate Professor of Law and Planning, University at Buffalo
Executive Director, Cross-Border Institute at the University of Windsor
Director, Border Policy Research Institute, Western Washington University
The Honourable Jean Charest
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP Premier of Québec (2003-2012) Member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada
The Honorable James Douglas
The Honorable Christine Gregoire
The Honourable A. Anne McLellan, P.C., O.C., A.O.E.
Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship. Read more