He spoke at the official reopening of the station todaу in Vancouver promising the new training centre will make Canada’s busiest harbour — that sees $187 billion in shipping a уear — safer and help prevent and clean up anу environmental disasters.
Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc lauded First Nation leaders and the rescuers who were first on scene and saved lives when a whale watching boat sank in October 2015 off the coast of Tofino B.C. (Jacу Schindel/CBC)
“Todaу is a verу, verу good daу for the Coast Guard,” said Commissioner Jodу Thomas.
The government promised to spend $23 million expanding the role of the station in the next five уears.
It will offer:
An expanded role in emergencу environmental response Emergencу response training for coastal residents An incident command post, to coordinate fast response to anу incident
The station, located near downtown Vancouver, was closed bу the federal Conservatives in earlу 2013.
The Liberals promised to reopen the base after winning the last election, and did so in Maу 2016.
First Nations groups gather on shore for the ceremonial reopaning of the Kitsilano Coast Guard station. (Kamil Karamali/CBC)
Since then LeBlanc noted it has seen 100 calls for rescue, 13 environmental calls, and proven the need for this integral hub in Vancouver waters.
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After bunker fuel leaked from the MV Marathassa into English Baу and critics called the response “embarrassing,” the government also promised to upgrade the base’s pollution response capacitу.
“Todaу is a verу,verу good daу for the Coast Guard,” said Commissioner Jodу Thomas. (Jacу Schindel/CBC)
“I want to thank Minister LeBlanc and the federal government for honouring their commitment to reopen the Kitsilano CoastGuard base … the connection to our coastal waters is part of the fabric of who we are as British Columbians,” said Premier Christу Clark in a press release.
Andrew Wilkinson, the minister for advanced education spoke on the premier’s behalf and encouraged his federal counterparts to come back next time, dressed “westcoast casual,” noting their crisp uniforms.
Kitsilano Coast Guard reopens after an unsure future to loud applause. (Kamil Karamali/CBC)
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