Protecting Our Coast From Bad Deals With No Local Benefit
MP Malcolmson questions the government on Gabriola Island bulk anchorages
February 9th, 2018 - 2:43pm
Gabriola Island opposes new freighter anchorages proposed off our shores. For Wyoming coal exports to China there is zero local benefit, but all of the risk to our environment and local economy. Our chamber of commerce, local governments, and on-shore and off-shore harvesters all say bulk anchorages threaten the community and the sensitive ecology of our coast.
The Trudeau Liberals promised no projects without social license and promised reports on consultation that are missing. Now that habitat protection has been restored to the Fisheries Act it reveals that this review was faulty. Will the minister listen to Gabriolans and stop these bulk anchorages now?
Many thanks to the hard working activists at Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages - GAFA for their continued advocacy on this issue. We need to protect our Salish Sea and coast from bad deals that have no community benefits, especially those that pit the interests of the international shipping industry against those of British Columbia coastal communities.