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Canadians are worried about allowing U.S. visitors: poll

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  •   03-23-2021  11:08 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Canadians are worried about allowing U.S. visitors: poll
The Canada-U.S. land border has been closed since March 2020. (Pax Global Media)
Pax Global Media

The prospect of allowing American visitors back into Canada is making Canadians worried, according to a new online Leger poll.

In a survey of 2,200 Canadian respondents, 70% said they were either very or somewhat worried about allowing cross-border travel while 26% said they were either not very worried or not worried at all.

The poll was conducted last week for the Association for Canadian Studies, one year after the Canada-U.S. land border was closed to non-essential travel.

READ MORE: A tale of two countries: U.S. eyeing to ease travel rules by mid-May; Canada not budging

A U.S. Leger poll reported opposite results: just 31% of 1,968 Americans surveyed were very or somewhat anxious about lifting restrictions.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke briefly about the reopening of the border, saying that cross-border travel will resume “eventually.”

“We’re all eager to be able to travel again,” Trudeau told reporters on March 15. “But I think we’re all going to wait patiently until such time as the health situation allows us to loosen border restrictions internationally.”

“That will be eventually, but not for today.

In the meantime, the U.S. travel and aviation industry has called on President Joe Biden's administration to set a May 1 deadline for establishing a plan to reopen the country to inbound international visitation.

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