Nanaimo-Ladysmith NDP MP Touts Abandoned Vessels Bill in South Shore

Posted on Sunday, July 30, 2017 06:39 AM

Local politicians and stakeholders got to hear another member of parliament speak about the issue of abandoned vessels.

Sheila Malcolmson represents Nanaimo-Ladysmith and recently visited the South Shore.

She is on a national tour to talk about her bill in the House of Commons, C-352, a comprehensive coast-wide strategy to tackle abandoned vessels.

South Shore - St.Margaret's MP, Bernadette Jordan, had her motion on abandoned vessels receive all-party support in October.

Malcolmson, who is the NDP Lead on the subject, says her bill goes will go a little bit further.

"I'm offering the legislative side, that's the part that's got teeth and will have lasting impact for coastal communities regardless of what government is in power."

She says owners should be held responsible for their property but her bill would designate the Canadian Coast Guard to direct the removal and recycling abandoned vessels.

Meanwhile, Bernadette Jordan says it's good to see more people working towards a solution for abandoned vessels.

She says her government is committed and taking it seriously and it shows with the removal of the MV Farley Mowat in Shelburne last week.

"That's been a driving force for us from the start. I need to focus on what we're doing and we're taking real and meaningful action on this issue and it's working for us."

Jordan says Malcolmson's interest shows abandoned vessels are a problem across Canada and need to be addressed.

She says a program has just been announced for local governments to access money to help them remove recreational boats that have been abandoned.