Port Moody politician to work with Washington State on high-speed rail

Re-elected MLA gets a new job as B.C. Premier John Horgan looks to issues with the U.S. state beyond COVID-19

Port Moody-Coquitlam MLA Rick Glumac has been appointed the premier's liaison to Washington State, where he will deal with a number of emerging issues, including high-speed rail | Photos: Submitted/Getty images

Port Moody-Coquitlam MLA Rick Glumac will have a front row seat on issues arising between Washington State and British Columbia with his new post as premier’s liaison to the U.S. state.

And while a number of issues have been on the backburner since the coronavirus pandemic, the prospect of a high speed rail connection could heat up once vaccines have reduced the perils of the coronavirus pandemic and Glumac expects to be at the table during discussions.

“I look forward to flushing out these details in the coming months. I already work closely with the Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat and several Washington state representatives through my role as vice president of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region. Common issues include economic development, high speed rail and daylight saving,” Glumac told the Tri-City News in a statement.

This week Premier John Horgan announced Glumac’s new post, saying that he would be engaged on important cross-border issues, such as the Cascadia Innovation Corridor and the prospect of high-speed rail between the two jurisdictions.

Most British Columbians have been barred from visiting Washington State since March 18 when the border was closed to all but the most essential traffic.

Tri-City News