I have some serious problems with a number of things that have been said.
You were saying that it was naive to think we will stop infectious disease coming across the border from the U.S. Well, that's no more naive than it is to think that we're going to stop it coming from a developing nation. We're not talking about taking a sick person off a bus and getting them to a hospital. We're not talking about the sick person, because he already has it. We're talking about a contagious disease.
If someone is sick on a plane, does that mean everyone on the plane goes into quarantine until they decide what the problem is? What happens if there's a sick person on a train? Do they take this person and everyone else off the train and put them in quarantine until they can determine whether it's a communicable disease?
Many people travel from developing nations with lots of money. They travel on trains and buses, and they go from the United States to Canada. We're not talking only about Americans with diseases that we love and can deal with. We're talking about all these horrible people coming with rare communicable diseases from developing nations. But some of these people have lots of money and they do a lot of travelling.
It's not the sick person who is the issue here. You keep referring to the fact that they'll take the sick person off the bus. What about the people who have been exposed to the virus? The SARS report said we were caught with our proverbial pants down. It looks to me like we're opening up another opportunity for these diseases to come through.
I thought advanced reporting was to prepare for a quarantine situation upon arrival in the country. That's the problem I'm having here. We're not talking about sick people; we're talking about people who have been exposed to a potentially deadly virus. I don't see why trains and buses would be taken off that list.