The launch of a community petition on Friday, which is aimed at the current provincial approach to taxation on Prince Rupert Port Authority property, has a number of the recently confirmed candidates for Prince Rupert City Council beginning to engage in the discussion.
Their contributions through their various social media pages, answering the call of local populism that has been introduced, spurred on by the call of loyalty to the cause for those seeking elected office that made for the final lines of the introduction to the plan on Friday.
Towards the reception to that initiative, a recent social media message over the weekend from the Mayor observed that the petition quest had gained 200 signatures within twelve hours of its launch on Friday.
A review of the talking points above and the lengthy amount of material provided through the #ScraptheTax website, has squarely put the bullseye both on the current BC NDP government, as well as on some of the large industrial groups, some of them among largest of local employers which are currently operating as part of the PRPA footprint.
The petition initiative is a project that clearly has come out of the recent State of the City presentation of outgoing Mayor Lee Brain and the ongoing work to the topic from Council member Blair Mirau who is also departing from civic office.
Their narratives of the last few months making for the focus for the Scrap the Tax planning and petition.
And so to gain some perspective on how the Prince Rupert Port Authority may view the latest salvo in the debate, we contacted the Port to hear their side of the latest community initiative.
In response to our query on the view from the Cow Bay offices of the Port, Katherine Voigt, Manager of Corporate Communications for the PRPA provided comments to the issue that tackled two themes.
The first segment providing some notes on the background to the BC Ports Property Tax and how it fits into the revenue and compensation structure for the Port.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA), port tenants and the City of Prince Rupert comply and work within the tax revenue structure and government compensation framework as set out by applicable federal and provincial laws. The BC Ports Property Tax Act is one element of that.