Transport Canada is currently reviewing Canada Port Authorities to optimize their current and future role in the transportation system.
Projects that the Port of Vancouver is currently engaged in within the City of Richmond include:
- Spire construction – Distribution Warehouse Project
- Vancouver Airport Fuel Delivery Project
- Local Channel Dredging Contribution Program
- Fraser River Improvement Initiative
- Habitat enhancement projects at McDonald tidal march and South Arm Jetty tidal marsh
Given the City of Richmond’s stake in how the Port of Vancouver conducts its business within the city, I felt it was my duty, both as the Member of Parliament of Steveston – Richmond East and the founder and Chair of the Marine Ports Liberal Caucus, to provide a summary of the submission I have made to the review process. I am concerned about the way the Port of Vancouver has been operating and feel that this review process will directly impact the lives of Richmondites.
I have hosted a couple of town hall meetings to meet with stakeholders and concerned constituents and believe that changes must be made to Canada’s port system to ensure the continued optimization of their role in the transportation system.
My submission outlines 4 major areas of improvement:
Geographical Economics and Governance Structure
- Take a geographical approach encompassing all of Western Canada
- Collaborate with Western Canada Strategy that utilizes Inland Ports
- Authority to serve and direct the associated marine/inland ports within a network in mutual value-enabling ways
- Facilitate efficient cost-effective movement of cargo through private sector terminal operators
- Enable optimal flow of goods to, from, and through all parts of Western Canada
Fiscal and Financial Accountability
- Should be in the business of shipping cargo and trade in an efficient and cost effective manner for the benefit of Canadians, not in the business of property development
- Need to build a good working relationship with local municipalities and all stakeholders
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
- The Port of Vancouver should not be overseeing the regulatory portion of the process
For my full submission, please see here.
I encourage you to submit your views and opinions here. The deadline for submissions is December 3, 2018.