Progressive Canadian South Surrey-White Rock by-election candidate sees opportunity and responsibility in transportation infrastructure, public safety and environmental issues in Washington State Governor Inslee’s address to BC Legislature PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 November 2017 22:12
Progressive Canadian Party / Parti Progressiste Canadien
South Surrey - White Rock
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Progressive Canadian South Surrey-White Rock by-election candidate sees opportunity and responsibility in transportation infrastructure, public safety and environmental issues in Washington State Governor Inslee’s address to BC Legislature
 
For Immediate Release - November 27, 2017.

South Surrey-White Rock - Washington State Governor John Inslee’s visit to BC this past week “Raises issues of national and international importance and, in particular, to this community,” Progressive Canadian South Surrey-White Rock by-election candidate Michael Huenefeld said Monday.  “We are a border community.  Transportation infrastructure, public safety, environmental issues, trade and international co-operation with our American neighbours are key issues for us.”

Governor John Inslee addressed the BC Legislature, Tuesday November 21, on subjects ranging from the implications for international agreements of the politics of the new US President on trade and climate change to a subject of particular importance to South Surrey-White Rock constituents, a possible high speed rail corridor  between Seattle and Vancouver.
 
“High speed rail between Seattle and Vancouver would necessarily pass through South Surrey-White Rock,” Huenefeld observed, “As a border community, customs clearance requirements and conversations concerning high speed rail and public transit into Vancouver from South Surrey conceivably could be harmonized.  And the necessity of a stop here might benefit White Rock tourism significantly.  Even if a pre-clearance model is adopted, sharing the line with public transit to Richmond and Vancouver may rationalize taxpayer costs.  Moving the track from the waterfront inland to cross the base of the Semiahmoo Peninsula becomes more viable.”

“The West coast’s major rail traffic into the United States already passes around the Semiahmoo Peninsula to Deltaport and beyond to Vancouver,” Huenefeld noted, “raising a number of issues.”  “International trade benefits will be directly impacted by the America First politics of the new presidency, for example on softwood lumber.  So too the environmental and community impacts of exporting high GHG soft coal from Montana to China through South Surrey-White Rock by rail when neighbouring Washington State communities and ports said no.”

“Moving the track was a key issue debated in the 2015 election.  Local members of Communities and Coal raised valid questions about environmental issues and public safety questions related to the existing line.   And the English Bay oilspill in 2015, like Lac Megantic, was a wake-up call identifying the intersection of environmental and public safety issues in rail transport infrastructure.”

“I agree with the Progressive Canadian candidate in 2015, Brian Marlatt, that a commitment to geotechnical and environmental assessments funded jointly by the federal government and BNSF is needed,” Michael Huenefeld concluded, “and we need to be conscious of the federal government’s powers in matters of international trade as provided under the Constitution Act if relocating the BNSF line is to fast-track Governor Inslee’s suggestion into reality.”

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For more information and to arrange and interview contact:

Brian Marlatt
Campaign Manager Michael Huenefeld Campaign South Surrey-White Rock
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@PCParty1867 http://ProgressiveCanadian.ca

Sources:
Vaughn Palmer: Governor Inslee hails B.C. vision, less thrilled with Trump, Vancouver Sun. November 21, 2017.
http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-gov-inslee-hails-b-c-vision-less-thrilled-with-trump

Election 2015: Relocation a popular view.  South Surrey-White Rock: All-candidates-debate hears from five of six hopefuls. Peace Arch News, October 8, 2015. http://www.peacearchnews.com/news/election-2015-rail-relocation-a-popular-view/

White Rock Candidates Debate on Rail Safety, TDG, Coal & Track Replacement, Communities and Coal. October 7, 2015.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je_mn85ybkE

Oil spill ‘a wake-up call’ for Peninsula, Peace Arch News. April 10, 2015.
http://www.peacearchnews.com/news/oil-spill-a-wake-up-call-for-semiahmoo-peninsula/

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