|Senator Lisa Murkowski |
delivered comments on
the cruise industry to the
SE Alaska conference
gathering this week
(From SEAK conference
The Senior Senator for the state provided the update on her plans for delegates to the Southeast Conference Annual meeting taking place in Haines, Alaska, noting she will introduce her proposal next week.
The Southeast Conference is an umbrella organization of Alaskan communities that the City of Prince Rupert is member of.
However, Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain has not attended the annual function in recent years owing to a number of reasons, ranging from conflicts to the UBCM conferecnce to COVID, his last public notes on the Alaska/Prince Rupert relationship coming back in September of 2019.
At this years gathering, Ms. Murkowski charted the course of action for the Alaska cruise industry for the delegates, observing how she wants to "make sure Alaskans do not have to worry about another government shutting down their business"
The Senators office released some of the key elements of her address on Wednesday, which included:
“While the PVSA is well-intentioned to protect American jobs and businesses, it had the unintended consequence of putting Alaskan businesses at the mercy of the Canadian government. It nearly wiped out Southeast Alaskan economies as we saw business after business ready to welcome visitors, but unable to because Canadians would not respond to our requests to allow foreign stops at their ports to meet the requirement of PVSA.
We cannot let that happen again.
|When the North Coast Cruise season returns in 2022, there may|
be fewer vessels making their way to Prince Rupert if proposed
US legislation is adopted