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Border fines: confusion leading to resolution of tickets

OTTAWA – Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair has said confusion at the land border between Canada and the United States, leading some residents of British Columbia to be ticketed for failing to take a test PCR negative after traveling south to collect essential supplies, is resolved.

On Tuesday, Blair said he spoke with the president of the Canada Border Services Agency and further clarified his directive which provides for a test exemption for fully vaccinated British Columbia residents in cities. border workers looking to purchase food, medicine or gasoline in the United States. devastating flooding in the province.

When asked if the situation had been rectified, Blair replied, “Actually, yes. “

“This directive was given to border service agencies, but it was clear that clarification was needed and it has now been given,” he said.

Blair announced the lifting of the quarantine law for these people over the weekend.

It is speeding up an already scheduled expiration of the PCR test for Canadians traveling abroad for less than 72 hours, which is expected to begin on November 30.

Some reported that they had been fined heavily for breaking the law.

The Conservative Party released a statement on Tuesday urging the government to act and apologize.

“The Conservatives are extremely concerned about reports that residents of British Columbia affected by flooding are being charged for COVID-19 tests to cross the border to obtain basic necessities like gasoline and oil. grocery store, ”as MPs Ed Fast and Brad Vis put it.

“The last thing these residents who are affected by flooding and shortages of everything from food to gas need to be fined. This is why Canada’s Conservatives are calling on Trudeau’s Liberals to apologize to residents who have been fined for following the rules set by the Minister of Emergency Preparedness and to formally waive those fines.

More details to come …


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