Statement on the Conservatives' Neglect for our Coastal Communities

Mr. Speaker,

This Conservative government continues with their neglect of Canada’s coastal communities.

On the West Coast, they shut down the Kitsilano Coast Guard Station – the busiest in the country!

They’re also closing the Marine Communications and Traffic Service centres along BC’s coast, creating unnecessary risks to marine and environmental safety.

Now, the Conservative Party Whip is engaged in a public dispute with BC’s Minister of Transportation regarding the eligibility of BC Ferries to receive federal infrastructure funding under the Building Canada fund.

Struggling with rising costs and a $3-billion capital plan over the next decade, BC Ferries is seeking the Federal government’s help to reduce fare hikes, improve service, and allow it to continue offering robust service to many coastal communities.

New Democrats recognize the importance of Canada’s coastal communities to the economy, the environment, and our national identity.

Unlike the Conservatives, we are listening to British Columbians and are committed to partnering with the provinces to improve transportation infrastructure in our coastal communities.