The B.C. Finance Minister announced Thursday that the province's budget deficit would be bigger than expected thanks to a drop in natural gas prices.
Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry president Ken Oplinger says B.C.'s budget problems may cause in a drop in local border crossings.
Oplinger says that after three years of constant growth, this is the first sign of economic problems that could result in a drop in border crossings for Whatcom County.
He says the budget cuts combined with a possible change in power in British Columbia might also eventually bring the Canadian dollar back below parity with the U.S. dollar.