MP Sheila Malcolmson Urges Federal Action to Clean Up Abandoned Vessels

OTTAWA – The federal government has failed to take meaningful steps to address the growing issue of abandoned vessels, leaving coastal communities to shoulder the burden on their own.

Today in the House of Commons, Nanaimo—Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson asked when the Liberals will turn their words into action, and deal with the hundreds of abandoned vessels threatening Canadian waterways.

Malcolmson:

“This weekend, because the current government has failed to act, volunteers, tired of waiting, will clean up 16 abandoned vessels in Oak Bay on Vancouver Island.

So far, there is no legislation, no regulation, and no money for abandoned vessels in the 2017 budget, and the government even failed to meet its own self-imposed six-month deadline.

When will the government take the load off of coastal communities and take the action that it promised?”

The lack of federal leadership on abandoned vessels has led Malcolmson to table Bill C-352 to 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.

Malcolmson’s bill has already been unanimously endorsed by the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, Regional District of Nanaimo and the City of Parksville.