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Archive for April 30th, 2007

In Tsawwassen, a Cow for the Killing

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 Views :: thetyee.ca

An impressive round up of the issues surrounding the removal of land from the ALR in order to sign a treaty and expand the port. And a neat summation of how the Liberals have cornered the NDP who simply cannot make a decision without offending someone.

Fortunately the treaty is far from a done deal, and its approval by the band is by no means certain. The creation of Deltaport produced degradation to the environment of both the sea and the land approaches. Its expansion will make matters much worse, and it is hardly essential. Indeed, if China trade does not continue to expand the way it has been, it may not even be needed. In fact the operations of the port could become more efficient, and better use could be made of the existing facility.

I  think the acid test for the NDP should be if the BC Liberals think its a good idea it probably isn’t and it is not worth the risk. And if we do need more ports in BC why put them in one of the most sensitive and pressured areas when Prince Rupert could be a better choice both in terms of regional development and shorter sailing times.

Written by Stephen Rees

April 30, 2007 at 11:42 am