Vancouver Sun: Outcome of U.S. election matters on B.C. side of closed Canadian border


The consequences for British Columbia of Tuesday’s election in the United States are no more starkly apparent than the situation at the Canada/U.S. border, which remains closed to non-essential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decimation of B.C.’s tourism sector and the inability of travellers to cross the border remains “one of the biggest headwinds we’re fighting on economic recovery,” according to Jock Finlayson of the Business Council of B.C.

So “the sooner the U.S. gets control of the pandemic, the sooner the border can reopen,” Finlayson said. “And I’m suggesting that the likelihood of getting control of the pandemic would be under a Biden administration,” referring to Democratic party presidential contender Joe Biden.

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