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September 14th, 2020

Gord Johns’ Statement on Transport Canada’s BC Ferries Decision

Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns has added his voice to those of coastal residents and community leaders who are concerned about a recent decision to force ferry passengers out of their vehicles and into busy passenger decks in the midst of the COVID pandemic.

On Friday, Johns delivered to federal Transportation Minister Marc Garneau urging him to either extend the exemption allowing passengers to remain in their vehicles, or show coastal residents the data and research that suggests ending the exemption at the current time is in the best interests of public safety.

“The ferries are a lifeline for many communities in my riding. People use them to access vital services including seeking medical attention,” wrote Johns. “No one in that vulnerable position should be forced into close proximity to others.”

The Transport Canada decision came as a surprise to the provincial government and those in ferry-dependent communities. “BC Ferries passengers and employees deserve to know that the government is acting in the way that will keep them and their loved ones as safe as possible,” said Johns.