Prince Rupert Mayor waiting for more information before reacting to ferry cuts

Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem said he is taking a wait-and-see approach to the announced ferry cuts.

While elected officials on Haida Gwaii are lashing out at the province following the announcement of ferry cuts to take effect in April, Prince Rupert Mayor Jack Mussallem said he is taking a wait-and-see approach.

“I am going to suggest to council that we wait and see what BC Ferries devises in terms of the schedule, look at it, look at the impacts and then talk to community groups to see what those impacts will be on them,” he said, listing hotels, restaurants, charter operators and several other businesses as those being affected.

“To be prudent, we should wait for all of the information and go from there.”

Mussallem said if the impacts are looking “disastrous”, he would be making calls to other mayors along the Northern Circle Route to bring a united voice to Victoria.

“It’s not just in Prince Rupert, this is impacting every community along the way in some way,” he said.