U.S. government shutdown creates uncertainty for Manitobans
A partial federal government shutdown in the United States is being watched closely by some in Manitoba, including cross-border travellers and truck drivers.
The shutdown is the latest twist in a long-running dispute over U.S. President Barack Obama's health-care law, over which a temporary funding bill has been stalled.
That has forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job and suspended most non-essential programs and services.
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There is no sense of when the shutdown may end, creating a lot of uncertainty among Canadians.
The Manitoba Trucking Association says it's worried about potential inspection and permitting backlog at the Canada-U.S. border, even though borders and ports of entry are still open.
"If it's an hour today, it's an hour and a half tomorrow, it's three hours the day after, and eventually you get to a point where you virtually have gridlock," said Bob Dolyniuk, the association's president.
Meanwhile, CAA Manitoba has started alerting travellers planning to head to the United States, as national tourist attractions and parks are closed.
"We want to make sure that people know before they go," said CAA spokesperson Liz Peters.
Winnipeg man's wedding plans on hold
For one Winnipeg man, the partial government shutdown in the U.S. could postpone his wedding plans.
Jim Taylor has been trying to secure his fiancé visa so he can move to Chicago and get married.
However, the administrative offices at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are affected by the shutdown, potentially slowing down visa processing.
"When you're working through a process like this, there's always an expectation that there's going to be a wait. We're just getting to a point where we're seeing an end in sight," Taylor said.
"It's a little bit frustrating, but what can you do?"
Despite the situation, Taylor said he's looking on the bright side.
"Throughout all of this, it's just proven to the two of us just how much we mean to each other and how important it is to us that we share our lives together," he said.