News report confirms B.C. Greens concern that COVID-19 supports are not flowing due to snap election

October 05, 2020

VICTORIA B.C. – Today a report published in the Globe and Mail confirmed the B.C. Greens’ concern that government support to small businesses and the tourism industry is being delayed due to the snap election. B.C. Greens Leader Sonia Furstenau first raised these concerns at a press conference in Squamish on September 29. 

“I am deeply frustrated by the continued reports that this election is in fact delaying the financial support for businesses that this government promised ” said Furstenau. “Businesses need help now. They can’t afford months more delays.

“When John Horgan introduced the recovery plan he stood in front of all of us and dismissed concerns that an election would cause a delay in getting financial support into the hands of businesses. Now two weeks into an election, and nobody can get a straight answer about when help will come.

“During COVID-19, people and communities came together to put one another’s health and safety first. People are having to spend thanksgiving without their families, we are seeing COVID-19 cases in schools and thousands of people are self-isolating. While British Columbians are sacrificing in the public interest, Mr. Horgan has forced an election that is not only unnecessary – it is actively preventing the government from doing its job to support people.

“Elections B.C. has said we may not know who the government is until November 21. The report today suggests that this money will be on hold until a new cabinet is sworn in, which could take even longer. 

“Mr. Horgan is the only person who wanted this election. He owes British Columbians and small businesses an explanation – when can they expect to see the financial support this government promised?

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BC Greens October 5 2020