Several US officials believe that the ArriveCAN application is a brake on tourism and trade.
Elise Stefanik, one of the most important members of the Republican caucus in the US House representatives, has a message for the Trudeau government: get rid of the ArriveCAN app.
In a letter to Canada's Ambassador in Washington, this politician representing a New York state border district – and close ally of former President Donald Trump – demanded that x27;Ottawa will stop requiring US nationals to use the app to cross the Canada-US border north.
Also in this missive to Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, Ms. Stefanik calls ArriveCAN a bug-ridden roadblock that is hurting travel and no longer serves any purpose. of public health. All the software manages to accomplish, she says, is to cause confusion and reduce the number of travelers crossing the border.
It also hinders the flow of trade, and forces travelers to provide personal health information, the representative added in a press release.
Discussions about ArriveCAN have been going on in Canada for some time now. What is different is that the No. 3 of the Republican hierarchy in the House of Representatives, best known for her impassioned defense of Donald Trump, is now embroiled in the thorny debate.
Mayors of Canadian border towns have already asked Ottawa to stop requiring the use of this application, as have companies and another American elected representative from a border district, Democrat Brian Higgins.
The Buffalo News, an American newspaper, also got involved: It doesn't work, reads an editorial published this week. And it hurts the economies of both countries.
In Ottawa, the government gave no indication that it wanted to throw the app out the window. Federal officials say the software saves time by automating questions about vaccination status, rather than forcing travelers to answer them orally.
Also according to the federal government , a bug affecting some users of the iPhone version has recently been fixed.
And for his part, the Minister of Public Security, Marco Mendicino, suggested that ArriveCAN could, in the future, be used as a method to automate sorting before customs, similar to Australia, which has implemented a similar system.
Based on text by Alexander Panetta, CBC News