Premier of British Columbia Welcomes Federal Government National Health Benefits Plan


British Columbia Premier John Horgan is pleased that the federal government will implement a national sick leave program for those who are not currently eligible.Horgan has been advocating for a sickness compensation program for casual and part-time workers since April, and has led the federal campaign.

$ 1.1 billion of the $ 19 billion announced by Ottawa to help the provinces cope with COVID-19 in the coming months will go into the health benefits program.

Horgan also expressed frustration Thursday with the ongoing pandemic that has overshadowed the dizzying growth of new overdose deaths in the province.

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The BC Coroners Service announced Thursday that 175 people died from drug overdoses in June alone; the province has registered 189 COVID-19 deaths in total.

“We can’t be enough about this”: Adrian Dix on the closure of the Canada-US border

“We can’t be enough about this”: Adrian Dix on the closure of the Canada-US border

The border should be closed to non-essential travel until at least August 21.

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Horgan’s press conference will be broadcast live on BC1 and on the Global BC website.

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