Canadians are vandalising cars with US plates in anger over border crossings to escape coronavirus


Summary generated on August 10, 2020

    Canadian residents are vandalising cars with US license plates in an attempt to deter American tourists from visiting the country, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Some Canadian citizens have targeted cars with US license plates in various different ways, including keying vehicles and harassing drivers, after the borders between the two countries closed for tourists on 31 March, according to the New York Times.

    They reported that in the four months since the border closed to US tourists only four drivers with American plates have been questioned about why they are entering Canada, and after noticing US cars in their country, some residents took action into their own hands.

    Canadians with US license plates on their cars have mistakenly been targeted by residents who thought they were in the country illegally, according to CBS News.

    Vandalism of cars with US license plates has occurred so frequently over the last few months that John Horgan, premier of British Columbia, has suggested drivers with those plates replace them with Canadian ones.

    Be nice" but added: "With respect to those who have offshore plates and are feeling harassed, I would suggest perhaps public transit.

    "I would suggest that they get their plates changed. I would suggest that they ride a bike."

    Canada has fared much better during the coronavirus pandemic than America.

    Following a period where confirmed coronavirus cases fell, the US has recorded a dramatic rise in positive tests over the last two months, as it struggles to get the pandemic under control.

    Last month, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau claimed that Canada handled the initial outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic better than the US. Speaking at a press briefing in June, the prime minister said that Canada has managed to control the virus better than other countries and is in a good position to successfully restart the economy.