Dawson Creek city councillor quarantines after trip to Mexico

Councillor in quarantine

A Dawson Creek city councillor is quarantining after returning from a trip to Mexico last week.

Mayor Dale Bumstead said he was aware Coun. Darcy Dober had taken time off – but was unaware of travel of destination plans.

"We hope councillors and staff follow all public health orders, and we will continue to take direction from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control," he said last week.

The trip has angered some.

"It is completely irresponsible for an elected official to be traveling right now," said one resident. "He was elected to be a leader of our community. This is not leadership."

Mike Sudnik, who ran against Dober in the fall municipal election, floated the idea that Monday's city council meeting was to deal with Dober. Not true, says Bumstead.

"This is not the case at all and was pure speculation. We were dealing with an internal issue, and councillor Dober participated via Zoom," said Bumstead.

The news comes as the BC government is seeking legal advice on whether it can limit non-essential travel to the province during the pandemic.

Premier John Horgan said he and other premiers have made the case for Canadians to stay home during the pandemic, but people continue to travel.

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