LIBERALS ‘RUDDERLESS’ ON ABANDONED VESSELS

 


OTTAWA – After years of the NDP calling for an action plan to clean up abandoned vessels on our coast, today the Liberals announced a program that barely scratches the surface. 
 
“After missing their own deadline, the Liberals unveiled a rudderless plan that simply cannot address the thousands of vessels abandoned on our coasts,” said NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo-Ladysmith).
 
The Liberal plan lacks any measures to improve vessel registration, build a vessel turn-in program, get taxpayers off the hook for clean ups, or support local marine salvage businesses. Additionally, the lack of resources included in the plan is dwarfed by what’s required for vessel removal.
 
“The cost of removing just one vessel in Ladysmith was more than the annual budget for vessel removal,” said Malcolmson. “It’s a drop in the bucket.”  
 
Last month, Malcolmson tabled Bill C-352 in Parliament that would create a comprehensive coast-wide strategy to clean up abandoned vessels, which pose significant economic and environmental risks to coastal communities.