Feds should help with clean up

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

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

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