Liberals Miss Own Deadline on Abandoned Vessel Action

The Liberal government is missing its own deadline for action on abandoned vessels.

On October 26, 2016, Members of Parliament unanimously voted to give the federal government six months to take meaningful steps to address the issue of abandoned vessels.

“Today is the six-month mark and we’re no closer to a solution to abandoned vessels, which are harming the environment and putting jobs at risk,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo—Ladysmith. “The Liberal’s inaction is unacceptable, especially given Parliament’s unanimous vote, initiated by a member of their own party, no less.”

Malcolmson says coastal communities have been waiting over a decade for solutions to clean up the growing number of abandoned vessels threatening Canadian waterways.

“Budget 2017 re-announced the Oceans Protections Plan, but we have yet to see any money budgeted, legislation tabled, or mechanisms identified to deal with abandoned vessels,” added Malcolmson. “That’s a clear violation of the federal government’s promise to take meaningful steps by April 26th.”

In the absence of federal leadership on abandoned vessels, Malcolmson has tabled Bill C-352. The legislation would fix vessel registration, pilot a vessel turn-in program, create good green jobs by supporting local marine salvage businesses and vessel recycling, and make Coast Guard responsible for directing the removal of abandoned vessels.

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