Sponsors: Village of Port Clements
Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership - Amended & Endorsed by the UBCM Membership
WHEREAS BC Ferries announced in early 2011 that ferry rates would increase 100% in four years on all Northern Routes;
AND WHEREAS the ferry route to Haida Gwaii is an extension of Highway 16 and an essential service for its residents for both personal and freight transportation:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to recognize our coastal ferry services as essential extensions of our provincial public highway system and provide the independent BC Ferry Commission with a mandate to provide comprehensive recommendations aimed at creating equity between our terrestrial and marine highways and keeping jobs in northern BC.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that UBCM lobby the provincial government to ensure that the BC Ferry fares are reduced and current service levels are maintained at current levels until such time as the provincial governments implements legislation that recognizes our coastal ferry services as essential extensions of our provincial public highway system and creates equity between BC’s terrestrial and marine highway systems.