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LETTER: Don’t assume story behind U.S. licence plates

Not every U.S. licence plate that is spotted in town indicates a crafty American vacationer.
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Not every U.S. licence plate that is spotted in town indicates a crafty American vacationer.

My partner is a proud permanent resident of Canada who didn’t have the opportunity to import his vehicle before quarantine so he’s driving around with Washington plates.

Last week, someone wrote “go home” on the dust on his rear window.

Our neighbours are Canadian-born, dual citizens who live in California and returned home a few weeks ago. After the required 14-day quarantine, they ventured out to the farmers’ market where a concerned citizen(?) keyed their car with California plates in the parking lot.

I’m also aware of several situations of individuals with U.S. plates who are caring for elderly relatives and are worried about potential damage to their vehicles.

It is the responsibility of Canadian border services to enforce who is admitted into Canada.  

In the words of Dr. Bonnie, “BE KIND, be calm, be safe.”

Karen Laughland // Whistler 




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