Nathan Cullen, MP of the Skeena – Bulkey Valley riding, is calling recent BC Ferries cuts “absolutely brutal”.
“I’m a northerner, and know what these impacts mean. They are further hurting the people of the region, and making it more difficult to live where we live,” Cullen said to media last week.
“The [federal and provincial governments] can talk about wanting to support small communities in the rural sector, yet do the opposite. I’m deeply frustrated and worried for the prospects going ahead. It seems like a complete lack of respect and sensitivity to the reality that we live under in the North Coast.”
Cullen said the cuts will have severe impacts economically, on tourism and business, and will further prevent those living on Haida Gwaii from accessing vital services like doctors and dentistry.
“It’s already incredibly expensive to then cut the services is adding insult to injury,” he said.
“I didn’t think they could make things worse, and low and behold the so-called private sector solution for ferries has been an unmitigated disaster for people who actually use the ferries.”
The MP believes Premier Christy Clark has a lot to account for, and BC Ferries is being “completely mismanaged”.
“It almost looks like they’re trying to drive themselves out of business on the North Coast,” he said.
At this time Cullen has not decided how to address the issue, and said he wants to talk with colleagues who are immediately impacted by the cuts, including North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice.