Feds should help with clean up
I think Provincial Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan is correct in wanting the federal government to be involved in the clean up of the MV Miner.
It was clear that when the tow rope broke in 2011, the ship was clearly in federal waters. We have no navy or coast guard in Nova Scotia operated by the provincial government. It is the responsibility of the federal government to protect out waters and our shore.
The government of Canada has been sidestepping this issue. If a ship filled with pollutants grounded ashore in a voter rich area of the country, I believe the government would be tripping over itself to help. But it washed up in Cape Breton where there aren’t many seats up for grabs and the feds have just skipped us by, hoping no one would notice.
Like MacLellan, I am very disappointed. If Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt was from some other part of the country, I could understand her not knowing any better. But she’s from Whitney Pier.
Excuses don’t work as far as I’m concerned. The little money that would be spent by the federal government to help with the clean up is pocket change and at least it would partially make up for the closure of the Veterans Affairs office in Sydney. I said partially.
Shame on the government of Canada for not showing leadership on this matter. Shame on them for not sharing with Nova Scotia the responsibility that is entrusted in them.
I know that Minister MacLellan is standing up and being counted. That’s what a good MLA does for his people. Lorne MacKinnon Sydney