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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
May 26, 2020
Office of the Premier of British Columbia
Office of the Premier of Manitoba
Office of the Premier of Yukon
Joint statement by the premiers of B.C., Manitoba and Yukon

VICTORIA – John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia; Brian Pallister, Premier of Manitoba; and Sandy Silver, Premier of Yukon; have issued the following joint statement regarding a proposed national sick leave program:

“We’re pleased that the federal government is looking at a sick leave program that protects people and businesses, and we look forward to advancing this initiative. Paid sick leave is crucial for the safe restart of our economy.

“Yukon has already implemented a paid sick leave program for employers. A national program would ensure people can stay home from work when they are sick without fear of not being able to pay their bills. It will also give the public confidence that the businesses and workplaces they visit are safe.

“We will continue to work with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and other provinces and territories, to move forward and ensure all Canadians have the protection they need during this pandemic.”

Jen Holmwood
Press Secretary
Deputy Communications Director
Office of the Premier British Columbia
250 818-4881

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