December 3rd, 2020

B.C. premier to call on prime minister for national travel policy to fight COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on November 18, 2020.

B.C. Premier-elect John Horgan responds to questions during a post-election news conference, in Vancouver, on October 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VICTORIA – British Columbia Premier John Horgan says he will lobby Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to work with the provinces on developing a national travel plan to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Horgan says he wants to see the same travel rules for Canadians regardless of where they live in the country.

He says the connection between travel and the spread of COVID-19 needs leadership from the prime minister.

Horgan says he intends to bring up his proposal at this week’s regular meeting of the prime minister and premiers.

He says he understands Canadians cannot be prevented from travelling throughout the country, but he wants a national effort to stress that travel during this stage of the pandemic should be on an essential basis only.

Horgan says COVID-19 cases have been increasing across B.C. in recent weeks and he suggested that more provincial health restrictions to limit contacts between people are coming later this week.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2020.

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