New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs has called for the road between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to be reopened on Wednesday. However, he said that on travel restrictions for New Brunswick travelers, the neighboring province could choose to impose any measures they deem necessary.
A section of the Trans-Canada Highway connecting the two provinces has been blocked since Tuesday in protest of new measures imposed by Premier Ian Rankin on passengers coming from New Brunswick.
Ian Rankin said he was making the decision to protect the Nova Scots as New Brunswick opens its borders to all Canadians.
At a press conference in New Brunswick on Wednesday on the evolution of COVID-19, Blaine Higgs defended the New Brunswick policy and said protesters should stop blocking the highway and allow passengers to pass.
Each province does what it wants, Higgs believes
Blaine Higgs reiterated that each province is free to make the decisions necessary to protect its citizens.
The New Brunswick approach is careful. We honor the commitments made to the New Brunswickers [concernant l’ouverture des frontières], Blaine Higgs said he did not intend to change the rules in New Brunswick.
We see that Nova Scotia decides to go in another direction. They believe it is best for the safety of their residents. We must abide by the rules imposed by Nova Scotia.
He said a discussion was to take place between the premiers of the Atlantic provinces at the end of Wednesday and he hoped they would find a solution.
I talk to my colleagues from other provinces to find out their intentions to open borders and see how we can work together.
Despite strong opposition to the announcement of new measures that came just hours before the border opening – Prime Minister Ian Rankin said Wednesday He does not want to reconsider his decision.
New case on Wednesday
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Jennifer Russell reported a new case of COVID-19 in New Brunswick on Wednesday.
This is a man over 90 in Zone 6, which includes the Bathurst and the Akkadian Peninsula.
There are currently 49 active cases in New Brunswick. This is the weakest record since March.