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Transport committee  I would agree. Obviously, this is a complex space for which Canada has to have an appropriate process in place. The fundamental message is that ports have been responsible in fully serving the mandate that is before them in the Canada Marine Act. In the case of Vancouver, there's

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  I'd probably be restating what I said previously. There are two dimensions to the potential change. As I mentioned, one is the potential for exceptionally long and costly permitting reviews, such that projects may not be brought forward. The second piece is with regard to the ro

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  That's our concern.

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Put simply, if the threshold for projects being kicked to a central review agency is exceptionally low, that's going to be a big deterrent for ports.

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  We certainly need to look at emerging issues in other gateways. Perhaps to the previous question that was asked, the port is very actively engaged in discussions with L.A. and Long Beach, because we can foreshadow some of what might happen in our port, in the container sector; wi

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  I'll take it up a level, to be brief. What's happened in the federal trade corridors initiative is incredibly powerful. Being prepared to facilitate analysis and leaving the door open to potential infrastructure asks is actually the primary and most useful role that the Governme

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Perhaps I can chime in. Here's the picture that I would paint. In Canada, when your vessel arrives at the port of Vancouver, you come under the Lions Gate Bridge. If you're entering Burrard Inlet, on the left-hand side is a pile of sulphur and coal. On the right-hand side you ha

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Without repeating Ewan's comment, I would say that we absolutely struggle with the legacy environment that was created, and we have the registration issue. We work closely with several municipalities, often on what we refer to as “vessels of interest”—they may or may not be wrec

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  The port of Vancouver has had a structure in place for our tenants for the better part of 30 years, to review projects. We have seen considerable increased concern and scrutiny placed on those projects, probably appropriately so, given the competing interests that come to bear.

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Absolutely. On all coasts of Canada, there's appropriate scrutiny of species and impacts on species, particularly those that are endangered. In the case of the port, we are, as I mentioned previously, advancing the notion of a container terminal at Roberts Bank. There is the sou

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  From the port's perspective, we have done much of that calculus. I would say that, to the extent that there are opportunities that shippers or shipping lines in other ports could avail themselves of, they will exercise that. What we're hearing is that there's still considerable d

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  I'll try to be brief. I would suggest that the reason we've been as successful as we have in securing federal funding is a demonstrable level of support from communities, regional transportation authorities such as TransLink and the B.C. Ministry of Transportation, and a broad c

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  Once again, I'll refer to the federal infrastructure investments. Those applications were submitted with both railway partners—depending on the project—with significant capital being committed by the various railways to support those projects. We're seized with the issue. There

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  It is ready to accept the kind of tankers that would be required. The particular transit that is contemplated between the terminal facility and open waters is the most stringently controlled transit within the port's jurisdiction. Those procedures have been established working ve

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta

Transport committee  It's not energy east. It's northern gateway.

September 26th, 2018Committee meeting

Peter Xotta