Horgan fires back at Greens after party calls election "unsafe"

Oct 22 2020, 2:44 pm

The leader of British Columbia’s NDP is firing back after Green Party Leader Sonia Furstenau called Saturday’s election “unsafe” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Horgan says he listened to the province’s top doctor as well as officials with Elections BC, who told him an election could be held safely.

Furstenau told supporters in Sidney the number of COVID-19 infections had been on the rise when Horgan decided last month to send voters to the polls a year early.

She points out that BC set a new daily high for infections at 203 yesterday, while reporting the first outbreak at a school in Kelowna.

Horgan acknowledged during a virtual press conference that he’s concerned about rising case numbers, particularly in the Fraser Health region in the Lower Mainland. But he says those increases are unrelated to the election and he’s confident voters should feel safe and secure heading to the polls on Saturday.

Horgan says he called the election because BC needs a stable government to chart the path for pandemic recovery.