FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce has issued a letter to Premier John Horgan regarding their BC Vaccine Passport survey results after speaking with members and residents.
The Chamber issued two different surveys, one for residents and another for Chamber members.
“We have done our work, Mr. Horgan. We surveyed our citizens and our members. We had critical conversations. We listened and sought out feedback and input from our professional networks across the province. The result is confusion, frustration, fear, and anger,” reads a part of the letter written by Executive Director Cheryl Montgomery.
Along with releasing the letter, the Chamber has also released the results from both surveys.
For the public survey, of the 1,874 people who took the survey, 1,688 voted they did not support the vaccine verification to access services and 80 per cent, or 1,248, would stay open and make no changes to how they do business.
The member’s survey showed that 70 per cent of members did not agree with the program.
Out of 88 surveyed, 26 voted in favour. Around 62 per cent of members also voted in favour of remaining open and not making any changes to how they do business.
In the letter, the Chamber asks Horgan to do the following things:
“Please do not paint the entire province with a broad brush. We are not all equal. We are not all the same. The Northeast has a different experience with COVID. The Indigenous have a different experience with COVID. Rural communities have a different experience with COVID. We have different needs, resources, and outcomes. Our cultures are clashing. We are different, and we need to be heard.”
Full survey results can be found on the Chamber’s website.