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e-4576 (Transportation)

Initiated by Warren Skaalrud from Victoria, BC, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Allocating funds makes planning more efficient and allows for superior mitigations to the most problematic areas of the corridor;
  • The Island Corridor Foundation is a non-profit partnership governed by 14 First Nations and 5 Island Regional Districts;
  • The Island Corridor passes through every major city and town and connects the Port of Nanaimo to the Deep-Sea Port in Port Alberni;
  • First Nations and the ACRD in Port Alberni are both demanding a second route to ensure supplies, products, and people can move when Highway 4 is blocked;
  • The Population of Vancouver Island is expected to grow to 1 million by the year 2030; and
  • Expanding the congested highway arteries on Vancouver Island would cost well in excess of $1 billion and would have high opposition risks from First Nations and citizens of Vancouver Island as such proposals have in the past.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Work with dedicated resources and with a nation-to-nation approach to reconcile and resolve long-standing First Nations’ concerns with certain sections of the Island Corridor;
2. Create a $1 Billion fund using the various B.C. and Federal Government funding mechanisms for public Transit and guarantee funding to the Island Corridor foundation if approved for implementation;
3. Recognize the Island Corridor Foundation as a non-profit partnership that is very much in the public interest; and
4. Apply that funding to create a modern Freight and Passenger service on Vancouver Island to retain and develop the strategic asset that was recognized by the B.C. and Federal Ministers of Transportation and Infrastructure on 14 Mar 2023.
Open for signature
September 13, 2023, at 1:25 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 11, 2024, at 1:25 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Alistair MacGregor
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia