NEW DEMOCRATS RAMP UP CAMPAIGN TO REVERSE HARPER’S COAST GUARD CUTS

VANCOUVER – New Democrat MPs and candidates today ramped up their campaign to reverse the Harper government’s reckless cuts to B.C. coast guard services.

 

“An NDP government will immediately re-open the Kitsilano Coast Guard base, re-open the Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centre in Ucluelet, and stop closures of these centres in Vancouver and Comox,” said NDP Fisheries and Oceans deputy critic Fin Donnelly (New Westminster – Coquitlam).

 

“But these steps to protect our coast are too important to wait until the next election,” he said at the site of the former Kitsilano Coast Guard base. “That’s why we’re urging Prime Minister Harper to listen to the public and act now. Last week’s oil spill in Vancouver Harbour illustrated just how much is at risk.”

 

This morning BC’s 12 NDP MPs wrote a joint letter to Harper, asking him to take immediate action to reverse cuts to coast guard services. The New Democrats have also launched a petition campaign.

 

Donnelly urged B.C.’s Conservative MPs to also speak out. “Instead of denying there’s a problem, I hope they will stand with British Columbians to demand greater marine safety,” he said.

 

The NDP’s on-line petition can be found at: http://www.ndp.ca/bc-coast-guard

 

*Letter to the Prime Minister is attached

 

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