Cullen tells Conservatives to fight US materials policy for new Rupert terminal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OTTAWA – Nathan Cullen rose in Parliament today to demand the Conservative government intervene in the planned construction of a US ferry terminal in Prince Rupert using only American materials.

“You can understand their (Prince Rupert residents) surprise and total frustration that a ferry terminal operating on their port, on Canadian federal Crown land, will be subject to Buy American policies,” Cullen said.

“No Canadian steel or iron will be used . . . this is a direct result of Conservatives’ failure to stand up for Canada.”

A new US ferry terminal in Prince Rupert was part of an agreement in a 50-year lease signed in 2013 between the Prince Rupert Port Authority and the Alaska Department of Highways, which operates the ferry between Prince Rupert and Alaska.

Alaska Marine Highway officials say that because the funding for the new US terminal comes from the US Federal Highway Administration, the project must comply with American legislation.  That includes Buy America provisions requiring transportation infrastructure projects be built with American-made products.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority, meanwhile, says the port has no control or responsibility for the US terminal.

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Contact: Shelley Browne, nathan.cullen.c1@parl.gc.ca, 250-877-4140