No offense taken. No "disdain" here. I love Canada and it fine people. I have a ton of friends up there, mostly in the hunting industry and it saddens me to see them "crippled" by the closure. Your post shows me this is still as "political" as it is anything. Too bad our leadership are totally on opposite ends of the spectrum. Trump a Wild Card and Trudeau as liberal as they come. In the end, I think we are still "allies". We have too much in common, not to be. If the closure is truly about the virus, lets get the immediate testing in place and open our borders. While the hunting industry may be a "drop in the bucket" up there, a ton of good people are suffering North of the border due to the closure.
I didn't mean to imply there was disdain coming from you personally, for the most part the community on Rokslide reflects how I would expect our two countries to feel towards each other. But even here on Rokslide, I've read comments that made my jaw drop. Things that I never would have expected to hear from an American, much less from Americans who travel and actually leave the confines of the US borders occasionally.
The US has politicized the virus to such an extent that absolutely there is a political apect relating to any decision regarding the Virus. But strangely, up here on Canada, I don't see a fraction of the politicalization of the virus. Generally I am appalled by our leader and I actually think he is more inept then Trump and in some ways more dangerous/deceitful. So this isn't a partisan attack. But up here we are going about our business for the most part and life while it has changed, doesn't appear as crazy as it seems in the US.
My wife is an ER doc, and during the early stages of the pandemic every single person who tested positive for Covid at her hospital had contracted it in the US. I know of Docs in 3 different provinces who experienced the same thing. Combine that with a major problem of people testing negative while showing symptoms and then later testing positive. Or asymptomatic carriers testing negative, but potentially spreading the virus. There is a very strong sentiment in the medical community to keep the borders closed as well. There is simply too great a disparity between the sizes of the 2 populations. Even with the small number of Americans who are allowed to transit our province to get to Alaska, there have been numerous infractions of Americans not following the rules. To allow a huge influx of people in, that even with testing will have some carriers, simply doesn't make sense.
The hunting community has been hurt pretty bad by the border closure. But within the general business community, I know of more businesses that are thriving with the closures, then are hurt. So the economic argument isn't gaining as much traction up here as I would have expected.
My biggest concern about the border closure centers around the mental health of many Canadians. The winters up here aren't the easiest and there are alot of people who escape South for atleast a portion of the winter. While people can absolutely get through without traveling South, they arent used to it. Only time will tell how well everyone handles it.