Joe Peschisolido

Your member of parliament for


Steveston-Richmond East

Joe Peschisolido

Your member of parliament for


Steveston-Richmond East

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Ports Modernization Review Submission

Geographical Economics and Governance Structure
  • Take a geographical approach encompassing all of Western Canada
  • The capacity should be within their geographical footprint
  • Structure: 1 Big Port Agency – Western Canada Port Agency
    • Amalgamation of the Port of Vancouver with the Port of Prince Rupert
    • Emphasizes the area which it serves
    • Collaborate with Western Canada Strategy that utilizes Inland Ports
    • Associated ports within the area served:
      • Marine Port Alberni Port Authority and Nanaimo Port Authority
      • Major inland ports in/near Ashcroft, Prince George, Edmonton (Port Alberta), Calgary, Regina (Global Transportation Hub) and Winnipeg (CentrePort Canada)
    • Authority to serve and direct the associated marine/inland ports within a network in mutual value-enabling ways
    • Work closely with the transportation system
Economic Management
  • Facilitate efficient cost-effective movement of cargo through private sector terminal operators
  • Need to be financially self-sufficient
  • Enable optimal flow of goods to, from, and through all parts of Western Canada
  • Focus on optimal port service for Western Canada
  • Ought to be rolling over and extending the lease with tenants in a timely and responsible manner 
Fiscal and Financial Accountability
  • Should be in the business of shipping and trade for the benefit of Canadians, not in the property development industry
  • Need to be accountable to the public and Federal Government
  • Right now, the Port of Vancouver is building up real estate and assets with a high return for vested interests
    • Need to sell farm (e.g. Gilmore Farms) and industrial lands
  • The Port of Vancouver is also buying up farmland including land in the agricultural land reserve to lease to logistics and operations companies for a profit
    • Do not purchase any more lands for containers
    • Future necessary containerization of Western Canada Port Authority ought to occur at the Port of Prince Rupert
  • Port of Vancouver is acting as proponents for projects
  • Private sector terminal operators should be able to expand the terminals as they see fit
  • Individuals and corporations should be purchasing for developments
  • Need to build a good working relationship with local municipalities and all stakeholders
  • Port of Vancouver should cease and desist and abandon the creation of Roberts Bank Terminal 2
Environmental Regulation and Approval Oversight Process
  • Recreate Fraser River Estuary Management Program (FREMP) and Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program (BIEAP) structure to manage the Fraser River and Burrard Inlet
  • FREMP and BIEAP
    • Intergovernmental program that coordinates environmental management review and interagency communications for projects and shoreline develops in the Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River estuary
    • Streamline the environmental reviews for anyone working on a project that may impact the water or foreshore in the Lower Mainland
    • BIEAP-FREMP takes a project application from the proponent and then contacts all the relevant agencies and consolidate their feedback into one coordinated response
  • In 2012, the Port of Vancouver was granted the power to undertake the environmental assessments and grand permits to Port projects = environmental oversight and regulation
  • Conflict of interest
    • The Port simultaneously functions as a government agency, a self-policing regulator, a landlord to private sector tenants, and a competitor to private-sector interests through business development and land acquisition initiatives
  • The Port of Vancouver should not be overseeing the regulatory portion