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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Thanks To Our Great Neighbours To The South Our Border Will Stay Closed

When I was 15 and fell in love with Canada I didn't really know what great country Canada was.

Over the years (it's been 18 now) I have learned a lot about this land.

F.ex. I learned that every Canadian or permanent resident gets a base pension after filling 65yrs. It's calculated over the number of years of residency. I am not saying you can really live of it, but it pays some bills. For those who just have the base pension (also called "Old Age Pension") Canada pays a "supplemental income" every month. If you have paid into the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) you get another pension from CPP. And nobody will start taking that away or reducing it. It's not an "entitlement" but an insurance you have paid into.

Most recently, I learned another thing. And it was new to all Canadians. Under a National Emergency like we have now with the Covid-19 pandemic, Canada takes care of its citizens like I haven't heard any other country is doing it. Until October the Federal Government is paying $2000/month to every qualifying Canadian citizen and permanent resident. The application is online, and if the applicant has a direct deposit agreement with the government the money is in his bank account within 3 days.

Other helping financial measures include the Agricultural Industry and some other industries.


Another, non-financial, measure is keeping the border to the U.S. closed. And that is mainly due to the irresponsible way (Trump: I take no responsibility) the US government has handled the pandemic. Of course, there is also a good portion of everyday Americans who value what they call "their personal freedom" higher than people's lives and well-being. Those "fine people" are to blame when infection rates are going up in their state.

Consequently, Covid-19 infections are still going up in every continental state of the U.S. and as long as we don't see a sharp decline of both new Covid cases and ditto Covid deaths, the border to Canada stays closed.

We feel sorry that so many Americans will not be able to visit Canada this summer, many of them owning vacation homes in our country, but I am sure those Americans who have obeyed stay-at-home orders and the social distancing rules, understand the necessity of these measures. Meanwhile, Canada will slowly start the economy again, bit by bit and province by province. But it will happen behind a closed border. The only exemptions are essential workers and essential cargo transports.

Here, in our home province, we are the "best students in class" as we still have no Covid deaths and our active infections have zeroed out.

Thanks for being here, stay-at-home and keep your social distance.

7 comments:

  1. I applaud you,Canada, and especially New Brunswickers. You have once again demonstrated how and why you are such a great country. You place a great deal of value in protecting the health and welfare of your people. To my friends and acquaintances on Campobello, remain safe and CONGRATULATIONS! ♡♡♡

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    1. Thank you so much. We cross fingers and also hope that the situation in the US will improve.

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  2. I was quite relieved to see that the borders would remain closed on the news this morning. We just don't need the extra risk. We have plenty of our own "Covidiots" to deal with.

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    1. So are we, Bob. We cannot sacrifice the lives of people for the economy.

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  3. Envious of Canada is an understatement.

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  4. Hello from New Mexico. We have been to British Columbia twice and absolutely loved it. Now we are recently retired and hope to visit other parts of Canada as well. We have been self isolating and can't wait for it to be safe to travel again. Stay safe!

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    1. I can only recommend a trip to the Maritimes. Very different from BC but soo beautiful. I know it's a long way from NM, but you could fly in and take a rental vehicle. It's not only the landscapes but also the culture and the friendly people. Come also see Campobello Island. I'll take you around the island! Stay safe.

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