Ontario Premier Doug Ford responded to Alberta piloting a new program to reduce the quarantine requirement for travellers returning to the province by adding a voluntary testing option upon arrival.
Ford said he’s keeping a “sharp eye” on what happens with the program, adding that he would be “open” to implementing something similar in Ontario, depending on Alberta’s results.
“Toronto is much different than Calgary,” the premier said. “It doesn’t get the volume, number one, but [also] doesn’t get the diversification around the world.”
Ford added that he believes travellers should be tested “as soon as they get off that plane.”
The premier also called out insurance companies in Ontario, hearing from businesses like banquet halls who can’t get insurance or are being changed hundreds of thousands of dollars for coverage.
“I’ve just had it with these insurance companies,” Ford said. “They need to come to the table, start supporting people…they’re absolutely just refusing to insure people.”
“We don’t play that game.”