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Analysis: Did the feds flip-flop on closing the border or wearing masks amid the COVID-19 outbreak?

By Peter Mazereeuw      

‘I have no idea if this is going to work, and no one does. We don’t have any previous precedent to look at,’ says global health researcher Steven Hoffman of the border shutdown.

'At every step, we've taken the best advice of our public health officials and now is the time to take this particular step,' Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on April 7, 2020, in Ottawa, said when he announced the closure of Canada's borders to non-resident travellers from across the world on March 16. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The federal government says science and expert advice is behind its decision to shut the border to travellers and its changing advice on whether Canadians should wear masks amid the COVID-19 outbreak. While Canada’s top health official pointed to new science related to using face masks, one expert says there is no scientific evidence that could have informed Canada’s decision to close its border on March 16.

Peter Mazereeuw

Peter Mazereeuw is a deputy editor for The Hill Times covering politics, legislation, and the Senate.
- peter@hilltimes.com


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