Nanaimo – Tony Harris says Nanaimo needs to transform our Port at the Duke Point Terminal combined with a regional logistics hub providing an international gateway for container and other goods moving to and from Vancouver Island and is encouraging the federal and provincial governments to get involved in making it happen.
The vast majority of goods moving to and from Vancouver Island are transported by sea. With no fixed link to the mainland, a stronger marine and land transportation system is needed to ensure the economic future of the region.
“Vancouver Island makes up 14 per cent of the BC economy and needs a more efficient marine transportation system to make sure our economy continues to grow,” said Tony Harris. “An expanded Port can be a game-changer for our hard-working families that will help grow our economy and create more jobs.”
Port of Nanaimo C.E.O., Ian Marr says there are many advantages to an expanded Port in our City and the Port Authority is ready to move forward.
“An expansion of the Port of Nanaimo combined with a regional logistics hub connected to transportation routes will improve access to markets for exporters and importers throughout the island providing opportunities that are currently not available,” said Ian Marr.
Harris added that as the population growth continues for Nanaimo and the Island, port capacity needs to keep up.
“Nanaimo needs a Port that can handle the region’s growing economy and the needs of our local businesses and residents,” said Harris. “I understand the Port Authority, the Snuneymuxw and our local government are all working to move forward and expand our Port. We need Canada and the province to continue to be part of the discussion to help make it happen.”
Harris also points out a redeveloped and expanded Port and logistics hub can help our citizens cope during weather-related challenges that can leave the City without power or drinking water, or in the event of a major earthquake.
He added a redeveloped Port has other benefits such as reducing GHG emissions by eliminating thousands of truck trips per year between Vancouver and Vancouver Island. It’s also needed for the support of Island mills in providing access to markets and maintaining well paid jobs and livability on the Island.
As the city heads toward a by-election on January 30th, he is asking for your vote because he believes Nanaimo has been taken for granted for too long and deserves its fair share of investment from Victoria and Ottawa.
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