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Private industry is investing in B.C. due to successful economic restart: Premier

FILE - Premier John Horgan speaks to reporters at a media briefing, April 9, 2020.
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July 09, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Premier John Horgan has pointed to recent private sector investment to highlight the success of his government's economic restart plan.

“I think there are great reasons for optimism as we look at how our restart is going across the province. We continue to see relatively low cases of COVID-19 which speaks to the best approach that we could come up with, which was a gradual reopening,” Premier John Horgan said during a live-streamed press conference today, July 9.

CN Rail has invested half a billion dollars in B.C. and more investments like that are happening as the province continues to flatten the curve, Horgan said.

“We’ve also seen 24 television and movie of the week productions return to British Columbia and we are hopeful we'll get back to the full complement of TV and movie production before the end of the summer,” he said.

Transit and ferry use is going up and while they’re not even close to pre-pandemic levels, residents are participating in the economy, shopping and visiting restaurants, he said.

Horgan also said data will be collected throughout the summer to support the return to in classroom instruction come September, but did not unveil what that plan will look like.

"We’re the only province in the country that got back kids in the classroom in the past school year so we can have good data on the challenges we’ll face come September," he said, adding the province plans to have "a robust plan in place" come September.

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