The Prince Rupert Port Authority has joined the growing list of those from the political side of the tracks that have called on the Federal Government to join the province and City towards finding solutions for the growing infrastructure challenges in the community.
In a letter listed on the Regular Council Agenda for review of Council tonight, the Port has addressed a correspondence to Dominic LeBlanc, the Federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, cc'd to a range of Federal and provincial officials.
The Port's letter, authored by Ken Veldman, Vice President of Public Affairs and Sustainability was forwarded to the Minister in late December.
That correspondence delivered to Ottawa in the period of time immediately following the State of Local Emergency that had been declared by the City of Prince Rupert.
The tone of the letter is much similar to more recent correspondences to the Federal government from the Province and MP Taylor Bachrach.
A key passage from the Port's letter for Minister Leblanc notes:
The municipal infrastructure deficit will remain a concern for PRPA and we will continue to support the City's ongoing advocacy for federal and provincial government support.
The inability to rely on the City to provide adequate service levels impacts local business and industry, the port's labour force and other residents in the community, and the long-term reputation of the Port and community generally.
The need to declare a State of Emergency
because of seasonal environmental and weather factors, and their ability to increase the
potential risk of water main breaks, is an unsustainable and untenable situation.
The full overview of the observes of the PRPA concerns towards the situation facing the community, it also notes of the key role that the Port plays for Canada and how investment in the infrastructure is an important element for the success for the National Gateway.
The full document can be reviewed below:
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