Madam Speaker, last year off the southern Gulf Islands, a large bulk carrier dragged its anchor and drifted over 1,200 metres to hit another vessel. Luckily, no major damage was done at that time.
Transport Canada's own information reveals that there were 102 occurrences of ships dragging anchor in this area over five years, raising serious safety and environmental concerns. Residents and local first nations are calling for an end to anchorages in these waters.
Will the minister commit to working with us to end southern B.C. anchorages before an environmental disaster occurs?