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First full day of B.C.'s election campaign begins amid COVID-19 pandemic

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his announcement that there will be a fall election as he speaks during a press conference in Langford, B.C., on Monday September 21, 2020.
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September 22, 2020 - 8:09 AM

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's election is entering its first full day with the three party leaders embarking on a campaign against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

B.C. Premier John Horgan made the snap election call on Monday, conceding that he struggled with whether it's the right time for a campaign because of the pandemic.

As the leader of a minority NDP government, Horgan says he decided the province needs more stability to face the health and economic challenges ahead and waiting another year to hold the election when it was scheduled would be wasting time.

READ MORE: A profile of John Horgan, leader of the NDP in British Columbia

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and the Green party's Sonia Furstenau criticized Horgan's decision, saying the election is unnecessary during the pandemic.

The campaign begins as the number of cases of COVID-19 rises in the province, with record daily infection rates recorded.

READ MORE: A profile sketch of B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau

B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau speaks during a press conference outside the legislature in Victoria on Monday, September 21, 2020.
B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau speaks during a press conference outside the legislature in Victoria on Monday, September 21, 2020.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dirk Meissner

READ MORE: A profile sketch of B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson responds to the B.C. NDP government's $1.5 billion COVID-19 economic recovery plan, in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson responds to the B.C. NDP government's $1.5 billion COVID-19 economic recovery plan, in Burnaby, B.C., on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Voters go to the polls on Oct. 24.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 22, 2020.

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