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e-2891 (Transportation)

E-petition
Initiated by Estelle Honeywell from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Transport

Whereas:
  • In 2013, the federal government divested the New Brighton Dock, the only all-season remote access port facility on the southwest area of Gambier Island BC, without any consultation with the local community that relies on it for all critical transport services;
  • The current owners, Skwxwú7mesh Uxwumixw (Squamish Nation), are considering their options as to the long-term future of the New Brighton Dock now that their management contract with the Ministry of Transportation has been fulfilled;
  • Given there is little or no avenue for private revenue development from the facility, it is uncertain how, or if, they will continue to manage it;
  • This situation has put the long-term future of this cornerstone public facility in jeopardy and the community does not have the resources to resolve the issue in isolation; and
  • Given that this port has been the community's critical access and evacuation point for the past 100 years, the only year-round sheltered moorage and deemed an essential service for BC Ferries (route 13) for our community to reach the mainland for necessities such as emergency care, school, work and groceries, it is absolutely crucial that this dock remains a public asset.
We, the undersigned, Gambier Islanders and friends, call upon the Minister of Transport to ensure long-term public access to the New Brighton Dock, the primary port of Gambier Island's southwestern peninsula, and assist us in working with the Squamish Nation, the provincial government, and the Sunshine Coast Regional District to ensure that the New Brighton Dock is permanently maintained as a public facility for the benefit of all.
Open for signature
November 18, 2020, at 4:29 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 17, 2021, at 4:29 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Patrick Weiler
West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country
Liberal Caucus
British Columbia
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