[quote]OTTAWA, March 14 /CNW/ - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Don Krusel, chair of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, today announced that an agreement to expand the Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia has been reached with the Lax Kw’alaams Indian Band and the Metlakatla Indian Band, known together as the Coast Tsimshian.
“Our government is pleased to announce this agreement, as it offers economic opportunities for these First Nations groups and supports the continued development of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor, including the expansion of port operations in Prince Rupert,” said Minister Strahl. “It also contributes to the overall economic stability of the region. We remain committed to ensuring First Nations communities have access to economic development, as well as employment and training opportunities, which is key to creating sustainable communities.”
This agreement is in addition to agreements reached with two First Nations groups located near Terrace, the Kitselas First Nation and the Kitsumkalum First Nation.
“Our government wishes to express its gratitude to Mr. Douglas Eyford, Canada’s Chief Negotiator,” said Minister Strahl. “Mr. Eyford’s tireless efforts, along with his vision and professionalism, have brought a fair and balanced agreement for the First Nations and for all Canadians.”
“We are extremely pleased to have reached these landmark agreements with our Coast Tsimshian partners,” said Mr. Krusel. “The agreements align our interest toward the continued growth and expansion of the Port of Prince Rupert through creation of economic opportunities for their communities. Negotiators for the Coast Tsimshian, Canada and the Prince Rupert Port Authority overcame many obstacles to get this deal done. This new partnership between the Prince Rupert Port Authority and Coast Tshimshian sends a clear message to the market that Prince Rupert is open to investment.”
The Government of Canada invested $30 million in the construction of Phase 1 of the new Port of Prince Rupert container terminal and is investing a further $28 million to establish a state-of-the-art container-screening program to help ensure secure and efficient border services for the terminal. [/quote]
Must be an election coming.