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Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • The current Canadian port governance model is being examined through the Port Modernization Review launched by the Government of Canada in 2018;
  • Trade through the Asia-Pacific Gateway helps to create the jobs and growth that support Canada’s quality of life. Therefore, getting the appropriate container port capacity for Canada right is important;
  • Currently, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is advancing its own project to build a new container terminal island and has demonstrated bias by excluding review of other proposed container terminal projects;
  • A fair process is needed to ensure the right approach is taken to adding container port capacity on Canada’s West Coast and, in particular, at Roberts Bank in Delta, BC;
  • That fair process should ensure additional container port capacity is added in the most environmentally-conscious way, minimizing both the size and environmental impact of the expansion as much as possible;
  • That fair process should ensure additional container port capacity is added in the most cost-effective way, ensuring continued competitiveness of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and leveraging private sector investment instead of putting public funds at risk; and
  • That fair process should ensure the expansion plans put forward by proven Canadian container terminal operators are given proper consideration.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to ensure a fair, open, transparent and competitive process towards container port expansion on Canada’s West Coast and, in particular, at Roberts Bank in Delta.

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