Many people would like to see the federal government do away with the ArriveCAN app and you can add David Stead of Boissevain to that list.
Stead has owned and operated Steads Farm Supply for 26 years and he has a number of customers across the border in North Dakota.
On Tuesday has asked the Boissevain and District Chamber of Commerce to write letters to the Province and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce asking them to lobby the federal government to do away with the app.
“As far as cross border business it hasn’t been a good year this year because of the ArriveCAN app.”
“We do sell a lot of net wrap, bale wrap, silage covers and even fence posts into North Dakota and I'm guessing we're down about 60 to 70 per cent of a normal year because farmers phone and we tell them what they have to do and they shy away.”
The Government of Canada says you must use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel and public health information before and after your entry into Canada. The government adds ArriveCAN is keeping travellers safe and is part of ongoing efforts to modernize cross-border travel.
The Boissevain Chamber agreed with David Stead and will be writing letters urging those groups to lobby the federal government to end the use of ArriveCAN.
“It’s hurting the businesses and when you think about how many businesses between Canada and the U-S along the border it’s really hurting and we need to get rid of it” said David Stead.
“It’s ridiculous because we’re the only country in the world doing this, it’s hurting us and we need to get rid of it.”
“I’m not too optimistic with anything Mr. Trudeau does unfortunately and I don’t think he’ll listen but what can you do.”