Port ‘on its knees’ as new offer waits on Ottawa

B.C. officials are pleading with federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt to authorize new to sign off on offer, come to B.C.

B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone

The B.C. government has signed off on a new offer for striking truckers at Port Metro Vancouver, and provincial officials are pleading with federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt to authorize it so it can be presented.

B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone said Thursday the port of Vancouver is “down on its knees” due to the dispute, with mills and plants closing and ships preparing to reroute to Seattle as early as Friday.

Federal mediator Vince Ready presented the parties with a 14-point proposal late Wednesday that Stone said is aimed to solve the main complaints of truckers. Stone and Premier Christy Clark both called on Raitt to sign off on the new proposal, and to come to B.C. personally to help settle the complex dispute.

Stone wouldn’t disclose the terms before they are presented to truckers, but he said they address the three key issues in the dispute. Those are pay rates and undercutting by some trucking companies, the “proliferation” of licences for truckers and the congestion and wait times that are costing truckers time and money, Stone said.

Clark discussed the issue in a conference call with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall Thursday, and both urged the federal government to find a solution to the dispute that is backing up container freight at Canada’s largest seaport.

Stone said employees at pulp mills, sawmills and other shipping-dependent are starting to be laid off because their goods can’t be shipped. There are 90,000 people whose job depends on the port, and 60,000 of them are in B.C., he said.

Just Posted

COLUMN: Search for Grace shows community’s true nature

As Chilliwack searches for missing woman, a writer looks back 61 years at a similar story

Serious police incident unfolding at Sts’ailes

Small reserve near Agassiz surrounded by police vehicles, helicopter, ERT

VIDEO: Agassiz farm spreads awareness for barn owls

Miel Bernstein hopes others will learn how they can help the threatened owl species

Fraser-Cascade school district hosts by-election to fill void left by passing of Tom Hendrickson

Advance voting begins on July 17, with general voting on July 27

Chilliwack cadet takes staff position in Comox

Air cadet one of about 20,000 youth enrolled in programs across Canada this summer

VIDEO: Agassiz remembers local officer at grave-marking ceremony

Montague White-Fraser had been buried in the Old Cemetery for 92 years without a headstone

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

RCMP release sketch of suspect in SFU assault, appeal to witnesses who helped woman

The RCMP want to talk to two women who helped the victim after she got to the parking lot

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Most Read