Letters: More ports needed for gateway to Pacific

Dear Editor,

To put it in perspective, the geographic location of Canada’s seagoing shipping Ports reveals the significance of the West Coast as the gateway to the Pacific Rim’s booming trade economies.

Eastern Canada’s 14 federal Ports are spread out approximately 4,000 kilometres, from Thunder Bay, through the Great Lakes, Windsor, Hamilton, Toronto, Oshawa, the Saint Lawrence Seaway, and Montreal plus four others in Quebec, and four more in the Maritimes to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Western Canada’s four federal Ports are confined to Coastal B.C., with Port Alberni and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, Vancouver/Fraser River in the Lower Mainland, and Prince Rupert on the north coast.  

Rupert is growing, as it’s competitively closer to Asia and about a day faster than Vancouver for CN Rail container shipping to Chicago.   

The Port of Kitimat (a deep-water, ice-free port like Rupert) is a non-federal, District of Kitimat (private) port undergoing large expansion interests which will affect truck, rail, and pipeline transport to and from port.  

CN is improving and double-tracking much of its rail lines on the Prince George-to-Rupert route, which also makes it more viable to ship oil by rail.

The Fraser Valley is an unavoidably vital transport corridor of rail, truck, and pipeline for Canada’s economy, and expansion pressures are increasing.

In Western Canada, Oil by Rail is expected to more than triple in the next two years, from 200,000 barrels per day to 700,000. It’s quite possible to see more of it through the Fraser Valley.   

It’s unreasonable to expect a prosperous lifestyle by stifling growth, however our economic future, job prospects, social services, and more will rely on the decisions regarding these issues.

When you consider the history of eastern Canada, it’s not like we would be the first people to make such decisions.

Roland Seguin, Langley

Just Posted

Langley goes Hollywood

Red carpet fundraiser for ER campaign

Langley pedophile wins appeal after violating court order

Kelly Glen Isbister’s sentence was cut by the BC Court of Appeal

Neighbour recounts ‘fifteen minutes of insanity’ after deck collapses at Aldergrove wedding

Local resident Charles Ford ran over to the dozens wounded, along with many other neighbours

High school mechanics get ‘huge head start’

The ACSS apprentices will showcase their work at this year’s Country Car Show in Aldergrove.

$18 million Aldergrove amenity seen as unfair for other Township communities

An unanimous council voted in favour of Councillor Eric Woodward’s policy to provide downtown Aldergrove with more resources.

What’s age got to do with it? B.C. couple with 45-year gap talks happy marriage

An Armstrong couple that has 45-year age gap began turning heads after being featured on show Extreme Love.

WATCH: South Vancouver Island shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident, say police

One person in custody, another fled following shooting and crash on West Shore

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man accused in daughters’ murder

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

Loud jets from Abbotsford are annoying residents of tiny U.S. town

Flights out of Abbotsford airport turn over border town and annoy residents, Sumas mayor says

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

VIDEO: Spiderman-clad Lamborghini makes pit stop in Abbotsford ahead of Avengers premiere

Highstreet Shopping Centre displaying unique car during Friday’s opening of Marvel movie

Most Read