A group of Canadian construction paper flower growers are taking a more practical approach to creating their own paper flower decorations.
A group of the country’s biggest paper flower producers are calling for an expansion of Canada’s border security fencing.
“We’re looking at it from a practical standpoint,” said Peter Vincenzo, president of the Canadian Paper Flower Growers Association.
The association says it’s time to start building border walls.
“When the fence’s built, you need to make sure it’s not only a border wall, but also an obstacle to movement, so that’s what we’re looking for,” Vincenso said.
Canada’s border with Mexico is the world’s largest.
The border fence is currently being built to protect its northern border from illegal crossings and to prevent smuggling.
Vincenoz says it was the last barrier that was built before the arrival of the border, so there’s no need for a border fence now.
“You’re building a barrier for the long haul, and for the border that’s going to be there for a long time,” he said.
Vinciato’s group of roughly 70 growers in southwestern Manitoba have grown over 4,000 paper flowers over the past two years.
The group started planting their paper flowers in October.
The group is calling for a six-month extension to the fence to prevent illegal crossing, a $1 million boost in fencing funding and a wall to be built to prevent smugglers from crossing.
Canada has about 1,400 border crossings with Mexico every year.
The fences have proven effective in keeping illegal crossings to a minimum.