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Sep 24, 2021   |  

KPAX: Sen. Tester voices concerns about continued Canadian border closure

By: Dennis Bragg

The northern and southern borders remain closed because of the high numbers of COVID-19 cases, but US Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) is worried the continued long-term closure of the Canadian border will not only hurt the economies of states like Montana but the future trade relationships between the two countries.

This week the Department of Homeland Security extended the border restrictions to only "essential" travel for another month, citing COVID-19 case numbers. Canada re-opened its border to northbound traffic out of the US in August, albeit with considerable rules to fight the spread of COVID-19.

During a Thursday press call, Sen. Tester expressed concerns about the closure's financial impact.

"I get they're concerned about vaccinations, or lack of vaccinations, and the potential spread of the coronavirus. But you know, if Canada can do it, we ought to be able to do it. We should get that border open. It makes a huge difference on the northern tier of our state. But it impacts the entire state and the entire country because Canada is our #1 trading partner." - US Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
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MTN News asked Sen. Tester whether there are specific economic impact numbers that could be used to support the arguments for re-opening and he said he would ask about that during a planned call with the Commerce Department next week.

In an earlier statement, US Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) continued his criticism of the border shutdown calling it "inexplicable" and "devastating" to the Montana border communities.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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