If one were truly concerned about this issue they could simply change their plans and do something else with the girls. Instead it has turned into some huge political posturing agenda with the girls being used as pawns as has been stated.
Isn't that basically what they are doing? They put out a statement that they are not approving a new travel to the US. i.e. going somewhere else.
Sure inclusiveness and diversity is important, but the Girl Guides do not make any reference to any of the girls being "left behind". Maybe they would maybe the wouldn't, no need to make a big stink about a what may come about. One has no case until the crime is committed. If people were to get locked up for what MIGHT happen, we could all spend a few nights behind bars.
They are reacting to things that are happening, not just what might happen. There have been multiple reports of Canadian's suddenly having trouble at the border.
Political grandstanding with no foundation. Kinda detracts a bit from the credibility of the group. If one wants to run with the big dogs in the political arena, don't go in as a Chihuahua.
How is this grandstanding? They put out a notice to their members, and the media picked up on it. How else would they do something like this? And how is this without foundation?
And it's not just the Canadian' Girl Guides. Multiple organizations such as Canadian schools have canceled trips to the US for the same reason.
Girl Guides is not the first organization to suspend trips to the U.S.
Several schools and school districts across Canada debated going ahead with trips south of the border following the first executive order issued by Trump In January.
A Winnipeg junior high school cancelled a trip by its track team to Minnesota in January because it wasn’t certain all students would be able to cross the border.
The Greater Essex County School Board in southwestern Ontario decided in February to cancel a handful of trips over concerns of safety and equity, while districts in southern Vancouver Island debated whether to ban all U.S. travel or handle each trip on a case-by-case basis.
Looks like real concern, not grandstanding. As for the "so some people a blocked, so what" attitude expressed by some in this forum, the Girl Guides address that.
Girl Guides spokeswoman Sarah Kiriliuk said the decision is a preventative measure.
"We just looked at our organization and realized that we do have a lot of girls travelling and this was potentially creating a situation that would either be a risk for the group or would create an uncomfortable situation in the case that somebody did get turned back at the border," she said.
She said policies are already in place that require a group to turn back in the event anyone on a trip is blocked at the border.
Seem a reasonable response to a valid concern to me. At least until more is known.