Ottawa, ON – Ed Fast, Conservative MP for Abbotsford, and Brad Vis, Conservative MP for Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon, released a statement following reports that flood-affected B.C. residents are being charged for COVID-19 tests to cross the border to get essentials:

“Conservatives are extremely concerned to hear reports that flood-affected B.C. residents are being charged for COVID-19 tests to cross the border to get essentials like gas and groceries. 

“Just this weekend, the Liberal Emergency Preparedness Minister was telling flood-affected B.C. residents that they could cross the U.S. border to get essentials without paying for a COVID-19 test or quarantining. Instead of following through with this common-sense promise, the Liberal government is fining flood-affected B.C. residents who did what the Minister said. This is unacceptable. 

“The last thing that such residents who are impacted by floods and shortages on everything from food to gas need is a fine. That’s why Canada’s Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau Liberals to apologize to the residents who were fined for following the rules set out by the Emergency Preparedness Minister and to formally rescind these fines.”