The minister says the fines border confusion for BC residents has now been resolved


Ottawa – Emergency preparedness minister Bill Blair said confusion at the Canada-US land border led to some BC residents being ticketed for not presenting a negative PCR test after traveling south to retrieve essential supplies.

On Tuesday, Blair spoke with the president of the Canada Border Services Agency and, as a result, re-clarified the direction of providing a vaccine exemption for BC residents who are completely vaccinated in border towns seeking to take food, medicine or gas in the US. Of devastating flooding in the province.

When asked if the situation had been corrected, Blair said, “Indeed, it is.”

“That directive has been issued to the border services agencies, but clearly needs some clarification and it has now been issued,” he said.

Blair announced that the Quarantine Act would be waived for those individuals over the weekend.

This will accelerate the already planned expiration of the PCR test for Canadians traveling abroad in less than 72 hours, starting November 30.

Some have reported that they have been charged a hefty fine for violating the Act.

The Conservative party issued a statement Tuesday urging action and apology from the government.

“Conservatives are very concerned about reports that flood-affected BC residents are being charged for COVID-19 tests to cross the border,” according to MPs Ed Fast and Brad Wis.

“Such residents affected by flooding and scarcity are the last to be penalized for everything from food to gas. That’s why the Conservatives in Canada are calling on Trudeau Liberals to apologize to residents who have been fined for following the rules set by the Minister of Emergency Preparedness and formally repealing these fines.

More details to come…

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