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e-2652 (Transportation)

E-petition
Initiated by Justin Tinker from Saint John, New Brunswick

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • The residents of Campobello do not have year-round access to their own country and this is a cause of great hardship for residents and great deterrent on those seeking to move there;
  • An anomaly to the area and province, Campobello’s population has dropped 34% and market income per capita has shrunk more than $6,000 per person in the 20 years since enhanced border restrictions were implemented;
  • Since September 2017, the private, for-profit ferry has provided three months of service;
  • Our ¨domestic¨ mail is passing through the United States of America and is being opened, searched and seized at the discretion of US Customs;
  • Personal correspondence is also being opened which raises privacy concerns;
  • We believe that it is our Charter right to have unfettered access to our own country, instead of being forced to abide by the policies, procedures, and jurisdiction of the United States of America, especially in a COVID-19 world.
We, the undersigned, Canadian citizens in support of an accessible Campobello Island, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Understand that the existing road network would not be an issue were it not for the international border;
2. Immediately commit to meeting with New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs to discuss the federal role in funding and financing;
3. Fully fund an adequate new or used car ferry vessel;
4. Fully fund an adequate landing on Campobello Island to accommodate the vessel; and
5. Enter into partnership discussions with the provincial government to enact a five-year subsidized operations plan for the benefit of Islanders.
Open for signature
June 17, 2020, at 2:13 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 17, 2020, at 2:13 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - John Williamson
New Brunswick Southwest
Conservative Caucus
New Brunswick
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