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No. GC017/06
For release November 29, 2006
CANADA'S NEW GOVERNMENT
MOVES TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY AT
BRITISH COLUMBIA LOWER MAINLAND PORTS
OTTAWA - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, along with the Honourable David Emerson,
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the
Vancouver-Whistler Olympics, today announced the enactment of new regulations
aimed at stabilizing trucking operations at British Columbia's Lower Mainland
ports.
"These new regulations will help to ensure the long-term reliability of Lower
Mainland ports for shippers and clients worldwide," said Minister Cannon.
"Canada's New Government is committed to facilitating industry relations and
ensuring the efficient movement of containers in the ports of Vancouver and
Fraser River. We are taking action to ensure that the port licensing system is
maintained and remains effective."
Under the new regulations, the Vancouver and Fraser River port authorities
must, by law, establish a licensing system, set minimum conditions on licences,
and ensure these conditions are respected.
"The ports in Vancouver are vital for the local and national economies and
represent a key part of our Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative, so we
need to ensure they can run as seamlessly as possible," added Mr. Emerson. "With
these regulations in place, B.C.'s ports will become an increasingly attractive
destination for exporters from Asia and around the world."
The Regulations Amending the Port Authorities Operations Regulations
reinforce measures established by the Vancouver and Fraser River port
authorities by setting out conditions of entry through licensing. These measures
will improve efficiency, reduce wait times and increase the number of daily
trips made by owner-operators.
Transport Canada has completed its review of the comments received during the
30-day consultation period that followed the pre-publication of the regulations
in the Canada Gazette, Part I. The new regulations were published today in the
Canada Gazette, Part II and come into force immediately.
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Contacts:





Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
613-991-0700






Anne-Marie Bouchard
Communications
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

Jennifer Chiu
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Trade and
Minister for the
Pacific Gateway
and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics
613-992-7332


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