Original language of petition: English
Transport Canada transferred the port to the SN New Brighton Dock Ltd. under an overarching transfer agreement. The company was required to operate the facility as a Public Port Facility until November 2015.
The New Brighton Dock underwent a specific circulation process by which it was made available numerous times beginning in 1996. As part of the Port Divestiture Program, it was first offered for transfer/divestiture to other federal government departments; then to provincial governments; and, finally to local interests which include municipalities, port users, Indigenous groups, and stakeholders. When the circulation process opened up to local interests who were notified via public notice and letters in the summer of 2012, the Squamish Nation was the only entity who sought to acquire the facility.
During the transfer period, Transport Canada had limited post-transfer involvement beyond ensuring that the facility remains a Public Port Facility and the federal contribution funding was spent in accordance with the agreement. The SN New Brighton Dock Ltd has fulfilled their obligation under the transfer agreement, therefore, TC is not in a position to direct future operations of the facility. Removing federal involvement at the facility in favour of local decision making was a stated goal of the transfer.
Issues or concerns regarding the future of the facility should be directed at the port owner and operator SN New Brighton Dock Ltd. as TC has already relinquished ownership of the facility and has no role in evaluating any future transfer or operations at the dock. TC also does not have a mandate to reacquire the port nor is a reacquisition aligned with departmental priorities.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
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