Unions release poll results, MP Duncan defends Coast Guard decision

According to a poll, most voters in Vancouver Island North oppose the planned closure of the traffic services centre in Comox.

According to a poll conducted by unions representing Coast Guard workers, 79 per cent of 648 voters in the riding of Vancouver Island North MP John Duncan oppose the planned closure of the traffic services centre in Comox, as well as those in Vancouver and Tofino.

Furthermore, 76 per cent of those polled by Strategic Communications say Duncan’s support for the closures makes them less likely to vote for him and the Conservatives in the next election, says a press release from the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees, Canadian Auto Workers Local 2182, the BC Federation of Labour and the Public Service Alliance of Canada-BC.

Opposition to the closures includes 73 per cent of voters who supported Duncan in the 2011 federal election, the press release adds.

Duncan said government has made “unprecedented investments in the protection of Canadians at sea.” Over the past six years, it has invested close to $1.4 billion in the Coast Guard fleet.

“As a part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2010, our government invested $175 million in the Canadian Coast Guard to procure 68 new small vessels, 30 environmental barges, and to undertake major repair work on 40 of its largest vessels,” Duncan said in a statement. “I want to assure you that decisions made by our government based on recommendations from experts at the Canadian Coast Guard are designed to protect the lives and livelihoods of Canadians.

“The Coast Guard will continue to use the same network of ships and responders on the Island to keep mariners safe in an emergency situation, and the ongoing renewal of Coast Guard resources will make Vancouver Island a safer place to be on the water. The Island will continue to be served by the same network of search and rescue lifeboats, and two helicopters.”

The automated telephone poll surveyed voters in Vancouver Island North from Oct. 26 to 28, with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 per cent, 19 times out of 20.


Just Posted

YANA a blessing for Michaela, Harley, and Baby Violet

Comox Valley association a pillar of the community

Deadline looming for North Island College scholarship applications

Students have until April 24 to apply for a record number of… Continue reading

AspieComic Micheal McCreary coming to the Comox Valley

Comox Valley Child Development Association hosting the fundraising event

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

VIDEO: Snowbirds arrive in Comox for annual spring training

The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have arrived in Comox for their annual spring… Continue reading

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Most Read